-Score: Wellesley College 50, Clark University 46
-Records: Clark (9-11. NEWMAC 3-8), Wellesley (6-11, NEWMAC 3-7)
-Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Gracia Mangano Martore '73 Court)
-The Lead: A second half rally lifted The Blue of Wellesley College over the Clark University women's basketball team in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon. Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) was five-for-seven from behind the arc and led Clark with a team high 15 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After trading baskets for the first six minutes of play, Clark opened up a 4-0 run with a couple baskets from junior Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) and a three-pointer from Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) to take a 15-8 lead with under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
-Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) added five points at the end of the quarter to give the Cougars an 18-11 lead, but a layup from Wellesley's Chelsea Brown (San Jose, Calif.) and a three from Caitlin Aguire (El Paso, Texas) brought the hosts within two heading into the second stanza, 18-16.
-The Blue took back their lead with 8:30 on the clock in the second quarter but a 3-0 Cougar run topped off with a three from Kerstetter gave Clark a 26-20 lead with 5:16 to go. The Cougars took a 33-25 lead into the halftime break.
-Trailing at the half, Wellesley locked down defensively in the third quarter, holding Clark to just five points. An 8-3 run over the opening 5:17 of the quarter cut the Cougar lead to 36-34, but the Blue would only take the lead as time expired in the third. Kayla Jang (South Pasenda, Calif.) found first year Lane Arkangel (Redondo Beach, Calif.) for a three from the corner to put Wellesley in front, 39-38, heading into the fourth.
-Wellesley would lead throughout a low scoring fourth quarter, taking their largest lead of the afternoon, at 45-38, when Brown hit a jumper with 7:38 to play. The Blue took the ultimate 50-46 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Brown finished as one of two Wellesley players in double figures, Aguirre added 16 points while knocking down 3-of-4 attempts from distance. Jang dished out a career-high eight assists. Sophomore Emily Kopp (King Ferry, N.Y.) was held off the score sheet but made an impact with a team-high seven boards and five steals. Led by Kopp, all five Wellesley starters had at least one steal in the game.
-Kerstetter was dialed in from distance in the setback, knocking down 5-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc to finish with a team-high 15 points. Chen chipped in with eight points in 20 minutes off the Clark bench. Senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) and junior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) combined for 17 rebounds, grabbing nine and eight, respectively.
-Clark finished at 45.9% (17-of-37) from the field and shot 8-of-16 from three-point range. The Cougars also had a narrow 33-30 advantage on the glass, but the Blue were spurred by an 18-10 advantage in offensive rebounds.
-The Blue finished at just 33.3% (20-of-60) from the field, but Wellesley scored 25 points off of 25 Clark turnovers, while racking up 19 steals, to find the difference in the contest.
-Wellesley will play at MIT on Wednesday, January 31, at 6:00 PM. Clark returns home to host Emerson on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.