-Score: Clark University, Becker College
-Records: Clark (0-2), Becker (1-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Harrington Auditorium)
-The Lead: Junior Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) scored 32 points on 9-13 shooting from the field and a 10-10 from the free throw line to lead Becker to a third-place showing at the 2018 Worcester City Tournament with a 70-66 win over Clark Saturday night in WPI's Harrington Auditorium. Harrison was joined on the All-tournament team by Clark's Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, RI) who handed in a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds in the consolation game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After Clark's Cori Ouelllette (Madison, Conn.) three-pointers to start the game, the Hawks pulled away on a 4-1 run that included another three from Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) and a layup to take a 12-6 lead. Harrison hit a third three-pointer to close out the first quarter with the 21-13 lead.
-Ezemma started off the second quarter with a successful drive to the basket to bring Clark within six (21-15). First year Camryn Richey (Upton, Mass.) added five points from a layup and a pair of free-throws at the 6:35 mark and the Cougars trailed by just two (26-24). Just a minute later freshman Virginia Benbow (Durham, Conn.) made a layup to tie the game at 26 apiece. Harrison hit another three with under three minutes to play but the Cougars responded with a basket from Ezemma and sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and Clark trailed by two heading into the halftime break, 34-32.
-Senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) and Ezemma combined for five points to give the Cougars their first lead since the beginning of the first quarter, 39-36, with 6:50 on the clock. Under a minute later Becker's Allie Ablondi (Thompson, Conn.) drained a basket behind the arc to tie the game up at 39 apiece. After the Hawks were able to pull ahead by five, Favaloro made a layup with 13 seconds on the clock to send the two teams into the final stanza tied 51-51.
-The Hawks outscored the Cougars 19-15 in the final quarter to secure the 70-66 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Favaloro narrowly missed another Clark double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds and Ouellette chipped in with nine points. The Cougars defense featured five steals Benbow, followed by Ezemma and Richey with three apiece.
-Becker senior Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.) delivered a double-double for the Hawks with 15 points and 11 boards. Senior Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) added eight rebounds and five assists while Harrison and sophomore Jazlyn Contreras (Pawtucket, R.I.) each recorded three steals.
-Clark held a 45-34 margin off the glass and only committed one more turnover than the Hawks. Both teams registered a dozen assists.
-Clark's home opener is set for Wednesday, November 14th with Fitchburg State at 6:00 p.m.
-Becker heads to the University of New England on Monday, November 12th for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.