Boston, Mass. – Host Emerson College used a lockdown defensive performance and decisive second quarter run to outlast Clark University, 82-63, in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Emerson College 82, Clark University 63
Records: Emerson College 3-2 (1-1 NEWMAC); 4-2 (1-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Brown-Plofker Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.
How It Happened:
The game was actually tied at 20-20 after the Cougars' Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) drilled a three-pointer in the opening moments of the second quarter. From that point on, however, the Lions closed the quarter on a 19-4 run holding the Scarlet and White to just 2-for-12 shooting the rest of the period.
Emerson hit a trio of three-pointers during the run – two of which came from Eastin Ashby – and also got a layup from Ashby as well to highlight the game-changing spurt.
Ahead 39-24 to begin the second half, the Lions pushed their lead to 24 at 52-28 after three straight layups from Charlie Boyle and a three-pointer from Maya Savino.
Clark did get the lead down to 16 at 63-47 with a little less than nine minutes remaining in the game after Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) made two free throws on consecutive trips, but the Lions pushed their advantage back to 22 after a Boyle layup and a Katie Foultz triple with 5:56 left to play.
Inside The Numbers:
Emerson held the Cougars to a frigid 28 percent from the field in the first half as they built their lead. In the end, the Lions also posted a 46-36 edge on the glass and a 17-8 difference in points in the paint.
For The Foes:
Boyle registered a double-double with game-high totals of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Ashby added 13 points and Sierra Ducey racked up four points, seven rebounds and a game-high nine assists.
For The Nation:
Sullivan paced the Clark attack with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals while Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in with ten points and three steals of her own.
The Scarlet and White are off until Wednesday when they visit league-rival Coast Guard at 7:00 p.m.