Cougars Can't Catch Springfield, 72-63

Sam O'Gara finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.
Sam O'Gara finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Springfield College overcame a raucous crowd and a furious Clark University comeback to post a 72-63 win over the Cougars in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday morning.

The contest was moved up to 11:00 a.m. and dubbed the "Get Fit Game". The stands were filled with students from a few of the city's schools and several of those students participated in halftime games that focused on fitness and basketball.

Game Information
Springfield College 72, Clark University 63
Records: Springfield College 7-4 (3-0 NEWMAC); Clark University 8-3 (2-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
Down by 15 points in the opening moments of the third quarter, Clark roared back, outscoring the Pride 23-12 in the frame and eventually took their first lead of the game in the first ten seconds of the fourth quarter.

During their hot shooting third period where they all but erased their deficit, the Cougars got a trio of three-pointers from Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) and eight points from Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.). When the smoke cleared from their third quarter rally, Clark trailed by just two, 52-50.

Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) then put the Scarlet and White in front when she knocked down a three of her own in the first seven seconds of the fourth.

The lead would change hands five more times over the next five-plus minutes – the final time when Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) scored inside to put Springfield in front, 61-60 with 4:36 to go.

After the teams traded single free throws and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) scored for the Pride, Clark got to within one again when O'Gara slithered her way to the basket, making the score, 64-63.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, that O'Gara basket with 2:12 left to play would be their final points as Adamopoulos registered consecutive interior hoops and then Springfield got three free throws from Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) and another from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) to secure the win.

Beyond The Boxscore:

  • Springfield shared the ball incredibly well, with 23 assists attached to their 26 made baskets.
  • The Pride controlled the boards, holding a commanding 55-35 edge in rebounds over Clark.
  • The visitors' reserves also shined in the win, outscoring the Cougar subs, 28-10.
  • Clark took care of the ball, committing a season-low seven turnovers.
  • The Cougars made a season-best 83 percent of their free throws (14-for-17).

For The Foes:

  • King led the Springfield contingent with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Adamopoulos added 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
  • Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) totaled seven points and a game-best nine assists and Racette ended with three points, nine rebounds and eight helpers.

Clark Stars:

  • O'Gara scored 14 of her team-best 20 points in the second half. She added seven assists, three steals and didn't commit a turnover.
  • Wilder scored all 11 of her points in the final 20 minutes, including nine during the Cougars' furious third-quarter comeback.
  • Sullivan contributed 15 points and five rebounds for the Scarlet and White, who also got seven points and seven rebounds from Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.).

Up Next:
Clark will return to the hardwood when they host league rival Wheaton College at 1:00 p.m. The Pride, meanwhile, visit MIT in a conference showdown as well.

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