Score: Emerson 56, Eastern Nazarene 52
Records: Emerson Lions (6-9, 2-0 NEWMAC) ; Eastern Nazarene Lions (8-8, 0-1 NECC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: January 22, 2022
The Lead: Paced by three double-figure showings from sophomore Olivia Deslauriers, senior Katie Beckmann and freshman Mackenzie Bruno, the Emerson women's basketball team battled to its third consecutive win in a 56-52 triumph over Eastern Nazarene on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Alondra Jimenez: 12 points
Sophia Torres: 10 points, 13 rebounds & three assists
Te'Yalla Simpson: 10 points
Sara Ruzicka & Sabrina Zerbey: two steals
HOW IT HAPPENED
- From the opening minutes of the first quarter, Emerson was playing from behind and was down by four. It was a trifecta by Deslauriers that inched the Lions back within one at 9-8.
- On a layup by Jimenez at the 54 second mark, Eastern Nazarene gained its biggest lead of the game at seven with the score in their favor at 15-8. With 45 ticks in the frame, Emerson rang off the final three points to close the gap to four at 15-11.
- Junior Carla Pelino went to work in the opening seconds of the second and rattled off four consecutive points to even up the score at 15-all.
- Emerson and Eastern Nazarene played neck and neck through the midst of the second with the hosts keeping within one until a jumper by Bruno moved Emerson up one at 21-20.
- While Emerson could not get a basket up in the final minutes of the half, Eastern Nazarene tallied four point in the final three minutes as the Purple & Gold entered the half down three at 24-21.
- Torres knocked down a jumper 14 seconds into the third to give Eastern Nazarene the five-point edge, the largest lead the visitors would hold on the Lions. Emerson answered on its next two possessions as a triple by Deslauriers lifted Emerson on top, 29-26.
- The third frame saw multiple lead changes between the two teams as leads never extended over three, which the visitors held at 3:01 after a trey from Simpson.
- In the final 54 seconds of the third, Deslauriers converted another three to give Emerson the slight 39-38 edge to enter the fourth.
- It was at 7:31 where Eastern Nazarene held a lead of three over Emerson on a Torres layup as the score once again went back and forth between the Lions' squads.
- The three from Deslauriers proved clutch down the stretch as she knocked down one at the 50 second mark to give Emerson the lead once and for all. After Deslauriers' three, the Lions went on a 7-0 spark to wrap the fourth and came away with the 56-52 win.
- Emerson heads back into NEWMAC competition on Wednesday, January 26th out at Wellesley that is slated for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.