Worcester, Mass. – Host Clark University scored 34 first quarter points and shot a sizzling 55 percent from the field enroute to a convincing 99-40 win over Mount Holyoke in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday evening.
Score: Clark University 99, Mount Holyoke 40
Records: Clark University 4-1 (1-0 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke 2-3 (0-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars opened the night scoring 16 of the game's first 18 points after Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) knocked down a corner three a little more than five minutes into the contest.
Things continued to click for the Scarlet and White even after a Kathryn Violette (Yokosuka City, Japan) basket at the 3:45 mark. From that point on, Clark held the Lyons scoreless, running off the period's next 14 points highlighted by eight points from Sami Dokus (Littleton, Mass.) culminating with an easy hoop off a feed from Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.).
That lead continued to grow as the half wore down, reaching 40 at 55-15 on an Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) long range jumper.
Clark's offense kept humming along in the opening moments of the second half as Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) knocked down three-pointers on consecutive possessions and then scored inside on a dish from Torieana St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) to make the score 65-19 less than three minutes into the third quarter.
The Cougars' advantage grew to as many as 59 as the time wound down on a pair of Erika Monsalve (Bristol, Conn.) free throws.
Inside The Numbers:
Clark controlled most facets of the game including dominating the interior on their way to a 57-24 edge in rebounds and a 68-16 advantage on points in the paint. The Cougars also forced 27 turnovers which they turned into 35 points and their 23 offensive rebounds led to 29 second chance points.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers:
Four different Clark players reached double figures led by Ezemma who scored ten of her game-high 16 points in the first quarter. Wilder, meanwhile, was perfect from the floor going 6-for-6 overall, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc to tally 16 points in just 15 minutes.
Reserve Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) notched her first career double-double, posting 13 points and 12 rebounds while Dokus added 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks as those two led a contingent of bench players who scored 51 points.
O'Gara, meanwhile, finished with six points, ten assists and four steals while her backcourt mate Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, four assists and three steals.
For The Foes:
Violette was the lone Lyon in double figures, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes of action and Julia McConnell (Vestal, N.Y.) provided nine points.
Did You Know?
Tonight's win over the Lyons not only marks the Scarlet and White's first win to begin conference play since the 2012-13 season, but is their second straight over the Lyons. They now lead the all-time series, which dates back to 1977, 24-15.
Clark hits the road on Saturday for another league matchup, this time against Emerson College at 1:00 p.m. Mount Holyoke, meanwhile, welcomes MIT to their campus on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as well.