Women's Basketball Soars to Victory Over Lyons, 90-31

Women's Basketball Soars to Victory Over Lyons, 90-31

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 90, Mount Holyoke College 31

-Records: Clark (9-10, NEWMAC 3-7), Mount Holyoke (0-18, NEWMAC 0-10)

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

-The Lead: Led by a 20-point show from freshman Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) the Clark University Women's Basketball team soared to a 59 point victory over the Lyons of Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday night. Junior Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) boasted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I) added 15 point in the victory for the Cougars.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

-Clark started the game on a 4-0 run for an early 7-0 lead with Ezemma scoring all seven points in the first 1:30 of play.

-Leah Hodges (New Haven, Conn.) broke up the Cougar's run with a basket at the 5:36 mark but the Cougars extended their lead to eight with a layup and free throw from junior Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.).

-A 9-2 run for the Cougars closed out the first quarter with the hosts leading 26-5. Ezemma posted seven points in the first ten minutes while Chen and freshman Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) added six points each.

Second Quarter

-The Cougars started the second quarter on a 4-0 rally which included seven points from Fiin for the 35-5 advantage with 8:04 on the clock. Hodges added a basked from behind the arc just 30 seconds later but a 6-1 Clark run gave the home team a 35-point lead with under three minutes to play until the break.

-Hodges scored five of the Lyons nine second quarter points. Fiin added nine points to Clark's offensive push in the second while freshman Anastasia Maniatis (Watertown, Mass.) put up four points.

-Clark held Mount Holyoke to just 14 points in the first 20 minutes of play and took the  45-14 lead heading into the halftime break.

Third Quarter

-The third quarter was the Lyon's highest scoring quarter as they added 11 points. GraceAnne Woods (Glen Cove, N.Y.) posted five points including three free throws to lead the Lyons.

-Clark extended their lead to 67-25 with the help of freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Ezemma who posted six points each over the 10 minutes of play.

Fourth Quarter

-Fiin hit a three-pointer with 9:19 to play that put Clark up by 45 points and junior Erika Monsalve (Bristol, Conn.) hit back to back jumpers to go along with a free throw for the 77-29 advantage with under six minutes to play.

-A 6-2 run and two back-to-back three-pointers from Fiin gave Clark the ultimate 90-31 NEWMAC victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Hodges led the Lyons with 11 points while Woods added seven points in the setback for Mount Holyoke.

-Four Cougars posted double-digit scoring in the victory. Fiin led with 20, Ezemma added 15 and Chen and Favaloro added 11 and 10 points respectively. Chen led all players with 10 rebounds.

-Clark shot 58.3% from the field while holding the Lyons to a 10-for-55 performance from the floor.

-The Cougars shot 73.7% from the free-throw line going 14-for-19.

-Clark outrebounded Mount Holyoke 52-25. Both teams turned the ball over 20 times.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to Wellesley College on Saturday, January 27th for a 2:00 p.m. NEWMAC matchup.

-Mount Holyoke hosts the Beavers of Babson College on the same day for some conference action at 1:00 p.m.

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