-Score: Worcester State University 58, Clark University 49
-Records: Clark (0-1), Worcester State (1-0)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI's Harrington Auditorium)
-The Lead: Senior Kaitlyn Berkel (Waterford, Conn.) totaled 13 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks to guide the Worcester State women's basketball team to a 58-49 triumph over Clark in the 2018 Worcester City Tournament on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) and sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) combined for Clark's first five points of the game as they took a 5-3 lead early on. Senior Brittany Herring (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Berkel posted back-to-back layups to give the Lancers their first lead of the game before Clark's Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) drained a three to put the Cougars back up 8-6. A pair of free-throws from Herring put Worcester State back in the lead and they never gave it up.
-A successful drive to the basket by senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) in the second quarter brought the Cougars back within four, 28-24, with 4:14 to play. The Lancers held onto the lead and took a 34-27 advantage into the break.
-Clark opened up the second half on a 3-0 run with a jumper from Ezemma and two layups from Favaloro to bring them within one of the Lancers (34-33). Worcester State responded with a 4-0 rally of their own to pull ahead 42-33 with 6:05 on the clock. O'Gara capped off the third quarter when she sank a jumper, but the Lancers took a 50-39 advantage into the final stanza.
-Junior Sam Ellis (Grafton, Mass.), Herring, and sophomore Sam Maglione (Lancaster, Mass.) combined for Worcester State's seven out of eight points in the final quarter to take home the 58-49 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Maglione scored a game-best 15 points and registered three steals as Ellis notched eight points and logged six rebounds, and Herring amassed seven points and eight boards. Sophomores Colleen Cutting (Auburn, Mass.) and Gigi LeMay (Grafton, Mass.) combined for 13 caroms while LeMay also registered a contest-best four steals.
-Ezemma posted a 13-point, 13-rebound performance for Clark. O'Gara led the team with 14 points and Favalono chipped in with 10. Senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) handed out four of the Cougars six assists.
-Worcester State enjoyed a 62-49 margin in rebounds and Clark had the 15-13 edge in turnovers.
The Lancers will vie for the program's fourth title when they face the hosts at 7:00 p.m. while the Cougars will meet Becker in the 5:00 p.m. consolation contest.