Boston, Mass. – Simmons College held Clark University to just six second quarter points and the host Sharks posted a 69-50 win over the Cougars in non-league women's basketball action on Thursday evening.
Playing in the second road game in as many nights, the Scarlet and White shot just 33 percent from the field and committed a season-high 35 turnovers.
Score: Simmons College 69, Clark University 50
Records: Simmons College 7-14; Clark University 13-11
Location: Holmes Sports Center, Boston, Mass.
How It Happened:
Down 16-12 following a Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) jumper, Clark went scoreless for nearly six minutes spanning the first and second quarters and the Sharks took advantage, embarking on a 23-6 spurt that sent them into intermission ahead 39-18.
The second quarter saw Simmons hold the Scarlet and White to 1-for-10 shooting and force ten turnovers as they continued to build their lead.
From that point on, however, the Cougars got just one more basket – a layup from Chen with a minute to go – and the Sharks stepped on the gas, getting nine points during the final four minutes from Francesca Corsinetti to seal the win.
Inside The Boxscore:
Simmons scored 25 points off of those 35 Clark turnovers and with Corsinetti leading the way, the Shark reserves outscored the Cougar bench, 30-11.
For The Foes:
Corsinetti finished with a game-high 21 points, making three three-pointers and going 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Lauren Brandau flirted with a triple-double for Simmons, totaling six points, nine rebounds and seven steals in 29 minutes before fouling out.
Only Ezemma was in double figures for the Cougars, falling just shy of a double-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.), meanwhile, ended with eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
Clark, which has a bye on Saturday and has completed its regular season slate, has clinched a berth in the upcoming NEWMAC postseason tournament. They will face a still to be determined opponent next Wednesday on the road. That opponent will be announced on Saturday once the regular season concludes for all league teams.