Score: Wheaton (Mass.) 59, Emerson 44
Records: Emerson Lions (6-11, 1-1 NEWMAC) ; Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons (11-6, 1-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: January 18, 2023
The Lead: Junior Ella Bushee had an 11-point showing and senior Carla Pelino pulled down a team-best 10 boards for the Emerson women's basketball, but the Lions saw their three-game win streak snapped at the hands of a 59-44 setback to Wheaton (Mass.) on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Bushee: 11 points
Pelino: 10 rebounds
Chelsea Gibbons: four assists
Nasha Arnold: 16 points, 10 rebounds
Abby Fernandes: 12 points
Kiki Walters: three steals
Regan Keyter: five assists, five blocks
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson found themselves playing from behind early in the first quarter after Wheaton rang off the next eight points to put the Lions in a seven-point deficit at 11-4 with 5:54 to go in the first.
- The Lions continued to trail by seven up until the 41 second mark after junior Olivia Deslauriers' pair of free throws pulled the hosts within five. At the conclusion of the first, the score sat at 17-12 in Wheaton's favor.
- Through the opening 3:19 of the second, Emerson stayed within a pair of Wheaton and eventually got themselves back in front. Salti rattled in a corner three at 4:53, Emerson set off and spread a on 12-0 run up until the 1:59 mark to give them their largest lead of eight at 31-23.
- Wheaton responded and used the remaining 1:47 to tally the next seven points as Emerson headed into the break with the tight 31-30 advantage.
- It was a low scoring third quarter with a combined 21 points scored between the two teams. Emerson opened the third continuing to build onto their lead and tacked on six points for the seven-point 37-30 lead.
- Emerson kept their lead margin at six, but Wheaton responded with an 8-0 streak to go up two at 41-39 with 1:30 in the frame. 24 seconds later, Bushee dished the equalizing layup at 41-all. Riley Sprague's three-point attempt fell short as the score sat at 41-all going into the fourth.
- Five missed scoring chances by Emerson in the first five minutes of the fourth allowed Wheaton to gain the double-digit lead at 51-41 with 4:17 to go.
- Deslauriers' shot from the arc pulled Emerson back within single digits at 53-44 at 1:28, but that was the closest the Lions would come to reaching the visitors through the remainder of the frame.
- Pelino missed a jumper with four seconds on the clock as Emerson slipped to Wheaton, 59-44.
- Emerson continues their three-game home stand on Wednesday, January 25th against Wellesley at 7:00 p.m.