Sharks Clamp Down On Cougars, 69-50

Sharks Clamp Down On Cougars, 69-50

Boston, Mass. – Simmons College held Clark University to just six second quarter points and the host Sharks posted a 69-50 win over the Cougars in non-league women's basketball action on Thursday evening.

Playing in the second road game in as many nights, the Scarlet and White shot just 33 percent from the field and committed a season-high 35 turnovers.

Game Information
Simmons College 69, Clark University 50
Records: Simmons College 7-14; Clark University 13-11
Location: Holmes Sports Center, Boston, Mass.

How It Happened:
Down 16-12 following a Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) jumper, Clark went scoreless for nearly six minutes spanning the first and second quarters and the Sharks took advantage, embarking on a 23-6 spurt that sent them into intermission ahead 39-18.

The second quarter saw Simmons hold the Scarlet and White to 1-for-10 shooting and force ten turnovers as they continued to build their lead.

Clark actually cut the lead down to nine at 54-45 midway through the fourth after hoops from Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) and Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) with exactly four minutes to go.

From that point on, however, the Cougars got just one more basket – a layup from Chen with a minute to go – and the Sharks stepped on the gas, getting nine points during the final four minutes from Francesca Corsinetti to seal the win.

Inside The Boxscore:
Simmons scored 25 points off of those 35 Clark turnovers and with Corsinetti leading the way, the Shark reserves outscored the Cougar bench, 30-11.

For The Foes:
Corsinetti finished with a game-high 21 points, making three three-pointers and going 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Lauren Brandau flirted with a triple-double for Simmons, totaling six points, nine rebounds and seven steals in 29 minutes before fouling out.

Clark Stars:
Only Ezemma was in double figures for the Cougars, falling just shy of a double-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.), meanwhile, ended with eight points, five rebounds and four assists.

Up Next:
Clark, which has a bye on Saturday and has completed its regular season slate, has clinched a berth in the upcoming NEWMAC postseason tournament. They will face a still to be determined opponent next Wednesday on the road. That opponent will be announced on Saturday once the regular season concludes for all league teams.

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