Dudley, Mass. – In a game that featured more than 50 turnovers, it was the stellar play of the Clark University backcourt that carried the now surging Cougars to their third win in their last four games – this time pushing past Worcester-area rival Nichols College, 61-46, in non-league women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Clark University 61, Nichols College 46
Records: Clark University 6-2, Nichols College 1-7
Location: Nichols Athletic Center, Dudley, Mass.
How It Happened:
Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) led all student-athletes with 24 points, while her backcourt mate Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) added 18 of her own as that duo (42) nearly equaled the entire Nichols output (46).
The Cougars held a 28-19 lead at the half after holding the hosts to just five first quarter points. Clark saw its lead balloon to 21 late in the third quarter after an 11-0 run that featured a Sami Dokus (Lancaster, Mass.) layup and four O'Gara free throws.
Clark held the Bison without a basket for more than seven minutes while building their lead and when Sullivan dropped in a jumper with less than a minute to go in the third period, the Scarlet and White were ahead, 47-29.
Nichols made it interesting in the early part of the fourth quarter, trimming the Cougar lead down to nine a few times and when Taylor Daniels made three-pointer with 6:29 left the Clark lead was only 54-43.
The Cougars went on to score the next six points while holding the Bison without a point for more than five minutes and forcing three turnovers and eight consecutive missed shots to seal the victory.
For The Nation:
In addition to O'Gara and Sullivan, Clark got a monster double-double from Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) who racked up 12 points and a career-best 17 rebounds.
"This was a real team win against a tough Nichols squad," said Clark University head coach Pat Glispin. "I was really proud of our effort today."
Having now equaled their win total from a season ago, Clark University will wrap up its first semester of action on Tuesday with a home contest against Suffolk University. Tip time is slated for 7:00 p.m.