Cougars Soar to 62-35 Victory Over Sharks

Cougars Soar to 62-35 Victory Over Sharks

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 62, Simmons College 35

-Records: Clark University (4-1), Simmons College (0-4)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Clark University Women's Basketball team soared to a 62-35 victory over the Sharks of Simmons College on Wednesday evening. Freshman Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and junior Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) came off the bench with 11 points each to lead the Cougars to victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

-The first three minutes of the game remained scoreless until Simmon's senior, Presley Silva (Wilmington, Mass.) was fouled on the way up for a layup and knocked down a free-throw for the 1-0 edge.

-A good jumper by Molly Phillips (Cranston, R.I.) at the 6:13 mark increased their lead to 3-0. A strong press from the visitors forced the Cougars to call their first timeout of the game.

-Junior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) came off the bench to break Clark's silence as she put up a strong layup with 5:06 to play in the first quarter (3-2). Senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) tied the game at 3-3 with a made free throw.

-The Cougars took their first lead of the game at the 2:51 mark as Legare picked up an offensive rebound and two points for the 5-3 advantage.

-With 19 seconds on the clock Lauren Brandau (Madison, Conn.) knocked down a three pointer and gave Simmons a 10-8 lead heading into the second quarter. Clark earned four of their eight points in the first quarter off of free-throws.

Second Quarter

-The second quarter started very similar to the first with the first scoring play coming with just about three minutes off the clock. Ogechi Ezemma (Hope valley, R.I.) found room in the paint to knock down a jumper and tie the game at 10-10.

-Their next time down the court Wilder found Ezemma under the basket and she threw down a layup for the 12-10 lead. Ezemma added four more on back to back jumpers to give the Cougars a 16-12 lead with just under five minutes to play in the quarter.

-The Cougars extended their run to 4-0 as freshman guard, Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) stepped behind the arc and drained a three-pointer for the 21-12 lead. Just under a minute later she knocked down two free throws to put the Cougars ahead 23-12.

-The Cougar's run didn't stop there as they forced another Simmon's turnover and converted it into three points from Wilder (26-12).

-Freshman Jalissa Rodriguez (Waterbury, Conn.) broke up Clark's rally as she sank a three at the one minute mark for Simmons and closed their deficit to 11.

-The Cougars took a 28-15 lead heading into the halftime break.

Third Quarter

-The Sharks started scoring in the second half as Rebekah Caroll (Londonderry, N.H.) dished Brandau the ball who knocked down a jumper from the wing just over a minute into play (28-17).

-The Cougars responded at the 6:18 mark. Wilder found Kerstetter in the corner who stepped behind the arc and knocked down a three-pointer for the 31-17 lead. After a stop on defense the Cougars capitalized on their next possession with a layup from Favaloro to extend their lead to 16 (33-17) and the Sharks called a timeout.

-The Cougar's defense kept the pressure on and forced another turnover by Simmons. Miranda came up with the steal and Favaloro made a jumper in the paint to put Clark up, 35-17 with 5:17 to go in the third.

-Clark extended their run to 4-0 as they broke the Shark's press with passing and Kerstetter found Favaloro under the basket for two more. Legare came up with a steal on the Shark's next possession and gave the Cougars a 39-17 lead making her layup on the fast break.

-Senior Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) drained a three pointer and Favaloro added three points on an and-one play to give Clark the 47-22 lead heading into the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter

-Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) and Erika Monsalve (Bristol, Conn.) each tallied three-pointers to start off the fourth quarter and increase the Cougar's lead to 28 points (52-24). Simmons responded with a three from Rodriguez and a layup from Presley.

-Presley scored six more points for the Sharks, but the Cougars took the final 62-35 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Clark's bench stepped up tonight as Favaloro and Legare each notched 11 points to lead the Cougars to victory.

-Ezemma posted 10 points and a team high seven rebounds for Clark.

-Silva led Simmons with 13 points and seven rebounds on the night.

-Clark shot 44.2% from field goal range and 73.3% from the free throw line.

-The Cougars outrebounded the Sharks 43-33. Both teams turned the ball over 26 times but the Cougars were able to convert 22 points off of turnovers while Simmons converted just 12 points off of turnovers.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foe, Babson College on Saturday, December 2nd for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off at the Kneller Athletic Center.

-Simmons travels to Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponent, Anna Maria College on Saturday, December 2nd for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.