Score: Clark University 65, Becker College 62
Records: Clark (2-1), Becker (1-2)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
The Lead: Led by a double-double effort from junior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) the Clark University women's basketball team defeated the Hawks of Becker College in the Consolation Game of the Worcester City Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cougars took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of made free throws from senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) following a team technical foul called on Becker before the tip-off.
-The Hawks responded just 20 seconds later as junior Katey Anderson (Beachwood, N.J.) drained a three-pointer to give the visitors the 3-2 lead. Two layups from her classmate, Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.) and a free throw from Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass.) extended their lead to 8-2 just 2:30 into play.
-A three-pointer from freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) followed by two made free-throws and a good layup from Ezemma closed the gap to 10-9, Hawks, at the 6:42 mark.
-With four minutes remaining in the quarter Becker regained their lead on a good basket from behind the arc by Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) (15-12).
-Junior Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) notched three points in a row for the Cougars with a layup and a pair of free throws to put the home team ahead by one, 15-14 with 3:43 on the clock.
-The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter and a final layup from Ezemma gave Clark a 22-19 advantage heading into the second stanza.
-The second quarter played out much like the first as the teams saw two lead changes and a tie. The Cougars took a five point lead on the first play of the quarter as Miranda fought her way through the Becker defense and knocked down a layup for the 24-19 advantage.
-With 4:26 on the clock, Cassidy was sent to the free throw line for three shots after being fouled by a Clark defender on a three-point attempt. Cassidy went 3-for-3 at the line to give Becker the 31-28 advantage.
-Freshman Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) posted two points on a made layup with just under a minute to play in the half and gave the Cougars the 36-33 lead heading into the break.
-Wilder started scoring in the third with back to back layups and extended Clark's lead to 40-33. The Cougars pushed their run to 3-0 with a jump shot from junior Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) and a good three-pointer from Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) and took their largest lead of the game (45-33) with 7:27 on the clock.
-The Hawks responded with a 5-0 rally of their own and closed the Cougar lead to 45-42 following a good layup from Dowdy.
-With under two minutes to play in the quarter the Hawks tied the game at 51-51 as Mariah Triplett (Coral Springs, Fla.) stepped behind the arc and drained a three for the equalizer.
-The last stanza was a battle that saw three ties and three lead changes over 10 minutes.
-Idalis and Legare led the Cougars in the fourth with four points each while Ezemma took down three rebounds.
-Four made free throws over the last 16 seconds of play from Miranda sealed the Clark victory at 65-62
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Ezemma posted a double-double to lead the Cougars to victory. She notched 14 total points and 14 rebounds on the day. Miranda followed with 11 points while Legare and Chen each chipped in with 10 points.
-Cassidy and Dowdy led Becker with 18 and 16 points respectively. Dowdy added 10 rebounds to earn a double-double.
-Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) also took down 10 rebounds for the visitors.
-The Cougars outrebounded the Hawks 47 to 35 while shooting 39.3% from field goal range to Becker's 35.5%.
-Clark shot 68% from the free throw line while Becker shot 52.5% at the line.
-Clark heads to Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. on Tuesday, November 21 for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference game.
-Becker is at Me.-Presque Isle at noon on Sunday, November 26.
GAME TWO: WORCESTER CITY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Worcester State vs. WPI)
-Score: WPI 59, Worcester State 46
-Records: WPI (2-0), Worcester State (2-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: Led by a 22 point day from senior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.) the WPI Engineers were named the 2017 Worcester City Tournament Champions as the defeated the Lancers of Worcester State University on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Junior Kate Surprenant (Pelham, N.H.) put the Lancers on the board first with a made jumper just 40 seconds into play.
-WPI responded with buckets Biney and Madison Beck (Syracuse, N.Y.) to put them up 4-2.
-Surprenant went on to score Worcester State's next two baskets to give the Lancers a 6-4 advantage. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the quarter but it was a late 3-0 run from WPI that gave the Engineers the 14-11 edge heading into the second stanza.
-The Engineers quickly extended their lead to 16-11 with a good layup from Stasha Greenalch (Newington, Conn.) with just 15 seconds off the clock.
-Brianna Hackett (Hollis, N.H.) tightened the WPI lead to three with two made free throws for the Lancers (16-13) but a layup and jump shot from Maddie Blake (Bedford, N.H.) and Beck put the Engineers back up by seven points (20-13) with 8:48 to play in the quarter.
-The Lancers wasted no time tightening the score back to four on a deep three-pointer from Hackett.
-WPI was able to extend their lead to as much as nine and but a last minute jump shot for the Lancers made by Surprenant ended the half with a score of 27-20, WPI.
-Worcester State came out fired up in the third quarter. They started with an early 3-0 run as Britt Herring (West Brookfield, Mass.) put up five points from two layups and a free throw and brought the Lancers within two points of WPI (27-25).
-Worcester State junior Kaitlyn Berkel (Waterford, Conn.) drove to the basket with just 6:11 on the clock and knocked down a layup to tie the score at 30-30. Berkel stayed hot and drained a shot from behind the arc to give the Lancers a 33-32 lead with just 4:40 to play.
-WPI responded with a 4-0 run and extended their lead back to five after a pair of made free throws from Biney put them up 38-33 at the 2:50 mark. Freshman reserve Sam Maglione (Lancaster, Mass.) stepped up for the Lancers and knocked down a three to bring them back within two (38-36) with under two minutes to play in the third quarter.
-The Engineers ultimately took a 44-38 lead into the last stanza
-The first two minutes of the last quarter were scoreless until Worcester State's Hackett broke the silence with a made layup and Herring followed her with a layup of her own to bring the Lancers within two (44-42).
-WPI never gave up their lead though and took the ultimate 59-46 victory over Worcester State.
-Biney led the Engineers in the last quarter with eight points and WPI only allowed eight points from Worcester State in the last 10 minutes of play.
-The Lancers are at Western New England University on Tuesday, November 21 at 5:00 p.m.
-The Engineers are at Nichols on the same day for a 7:00 p.m. start.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WORCESTER CITY TOURNAMENT 2017 AWARDS
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
- Clark – Ogechi Ezemma
- Becker – Cassidy Harrison
- Worcester State – Kate Surprenant
- Worcester State – Britt Herring
- WPI – Maura Buckley
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
WPI – Ama Biney