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Women's Basketball Holds On For Season-Opening Win Over Wentworth, 71-64

Olivia Deslauriers
Olivia Deslauriers

THE BASICS 

Score: Emerson 71, Wentworth 64

Records: Emerson Lions (1-0) ; Wentworth Leopards (0-1)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)

Date: November 8, 2022

The Lead: Led by junior Olivia Deslauriers's game-best 20 points, three members of the Emerson women's basketball team notched double-figures in points as the Lions held on for the 71-64 season-opening victory over Wentworth on Tuesday night. 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 


EMERSON

Deslauriers: 20 points

Ella Bushee: 18 points

Devin Hill: 10 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks & three steals

Chelsea Gibbons: three steals

 

WENTWORTH

Maddy Foster: 20 points

Nattaly David: 18 points, four steals

Gabby Amoddio: 11 points, four steals

Francesca Farrell: four steals

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

FIRST QUARTER

  • The trio of Bushee, Hill and Deslauriers helped Emerson burst out to a 9-0 lead with four minutes gone in the first frame. 
  • Wentworth answered with a 6-0 spurt and erased what was once a nine-point lead down to three at 9-6 after Foster's layup. A triple from Bushee kept Emerson up six at 12-6, but yet again, Wentworth responded with another six-point run capped by David's triple to lock the score at 12-all. 
  • At the 1:39 mark, sophomore Bianca Benson drained a deep three followed by Hill's trey with 26 seconds to lift Emerson to the five-point 17-12 lead.

 

SECOND QUARTER 

  • Three points in the opening two minutes of the second put Emerson's lead into double-figures for the first time at 22-12 after Gibbons' successful lay-up. 
  • Amoddio's trey put Wentworth's deficit back into single digits at 22-14 for it to be followed up with an 13-2 spark by Emerson, topped off by Hill's jumper and score at 36-17. 
  • Through the remaining three minutes of the first half, Wentworth pieced together a late 9-2 run that chipped Emerson's cushion down to 12 at with the Lions' ahead 38-26 at the break. 

 

THIRD QUARTER 

  • David rung off eight consecutive points to put Wentworth back in striking distance as her three at the 5:39 mark put the Leopards within eight at 44-36. 
  • Bushee's free throw kept Emerson up nine at 45-36, but Wentworth continued to chip away and struck again from downtown as Brooke Carolson canned a three followed up a layup from Amoddio. After Amoddio's trey, Emerson's once dominant lead was cut down to four at 45-41. 
  • Benson and Bruno tacked on five more points for the Lions to separate themselves by nine with 1:31 on the clock in the third. Bushee wrapped the Emerson scoring in the third with a layup with just over 10 seconds left as the Lions entered the fourth up nine at 53-43. 

 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Despite Wentworth narrowly outshooting Emerson, 42% to 41%, the Lions were able to hold on to snag the 71-64 win. 
  • Emerson kept Wentworth at a distance despite the Leopards closing within five on several occasions down the stretch, the first at 55-50 and the last coming at 65-60 with one minute left in the stanza. 
  • After Bushee converted a perfect trip to the line with the score sat at 69-61, Wentworth used its next possession to connect on a three to again put the Leopards within five at 69-64. 
  • Deslauriers put the game away at the stripe as Wentworth's final shot attempt went off the backboard with Gibbons collecting the final rebound before the buzzer sounded. 

 

UP NEXT

  • Emerson has a quick turnaround on Thursday, November 10th with a trip up to Colby-Sawyer at 6:00 p.m.