-Score: Emerson College 80, Clark University 64
-Records: Clark (9-12, NEWMAC 3-9), Emerson (8-11, NEWMAC 6-6)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: In a game that saw two ties and three lead changes, the Clark University women's basketball team was shut down by the Lions of Emerson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday evening. Junior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) led all players with a double-double where she put up 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Back-to-back three pointers from freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and a layup from junior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) gave the Lyons the early 8-0 lead in the first quarter. The Lion's defense started strong as they held Clark off until the 5:59 mark when a jumper from Ezemma got the hosts on the board, 8-2.
-A three-pointer from sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) extended Emerson's lead to 12 with 2:50 on the clock, 18-6.
-Clark junior Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) added five points from a couple layups and a free-throw before freshman Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) sank a three pointer to close out scoring in the first. Emerson held onto a 20-12 lead.
-The Cougars found a spark in the second quarter and started on a 3-0 run with five points from Ezemma to close the gap to 20-17. Senior Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) found space behind the arc and knocked down a three to bring Clark within two of the Lyons, 22-20 with 7:04 on the clock. Just 30 seconds later Pierre found Ezemma who knocked down a basket under the hoop to tie up the score at 22-22. Freshman, Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) gave the Cougars their first lead of the game when she hit a free-throw with 6:02 to play.
-Leena Kardacz (Harleysville, Penn.) and Miranda traded threes with 3:30 on the clock, but a second Kardacz three-pointer and a bucket from Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) extended the Lion's lead back to ten, 37-27.
-Clark closed the quarter out on a 5-0 run when Fiin exploded for seven points, capped off with a three-pointer, as they hosts trailed by just one point heading into the halftime break, 37-36.
-The Cougars took their largest lead of the game at the start of the third quarter when Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) and Ezemma both knocked down three-pointers for the 42-37 go-ahead just under one minute into play.
-Emerson responded with a 3-0 run when Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England), Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Sam Boyle combined for seven points and the 44-42 lead. Ezemma tied it back up at 44 apiece but that was as close as the Cougar's would come as the Lions took a 58-53 lead into the final stanza.
-Busch got things started in the final quarter with a long three-pointer and a layups for the 10-point lead with 7:25 to play. The visitors extended their run to 4-0 when Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) drove to the basket for two and sank a free-throw for the 13-point lead, 66-53.
-The Lions took their largest lead with 1:30 remaining in the game, and despite the Cougar's effort to fight back the visitors took the ultimate 80-64 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Ezemma posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Clark. Fiin came off the bench with 13 points for the Cougars and Miranda chipped in with 11 points in the setback.
-Sam Boyle led Emerson with 17 points and seven rebounds while Busch chipped in with 14 points in the victory.
-Emerson shot 38.6% from the field and 60.7% from the free-throw line.
-Clark shot 30.6% from the field and 72.2% from the free-throw line.
-Emerson forced the Cougars to turn the ball over 17 times and converted those into 18 points. Clark forced 12 turnovers by the Lions.
-Clark's bench added 24 points in the setback while Emerson's bench chipped in with 27 points.
-Clark hosts Springfield College on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in NEWMAC action.
-Emerson is on the road again on February 3rd when they travel to Smith for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.