-Score: Fitchburg State University 80, Clark University 67
-Records: Fitchburg State (2-0), Clark (0-3)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team dropped a non-conference matchup with the Falcons of Fitchburg State University at home on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) recorded her first double-double of the season in the setback.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Falcons pulled ahead by as many as nine points in the first quarter. Junior Angelina Marazzi (Manchhester, N.H.) and her classmate Catherine Coppinger (Dorchester, Mass.) combined for 12 points, putting in six each for the visitors in the first 10 minutes. Clark finished the first on a 4-0 run to come within four (14-10) heading into the second stanza.
-Clark extended their run with two more baskets to start the second. A successful drive to the basket by senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) brought them within one but Fitchburg's Mishelle Logie (Attleboro, Mass.) responded with a three-pointer to put the visitors back up by four (17-13) with 7:35 on the clock. A three from senior captain Cori Oullette (Madison, Conn.) combined with a layup and free throw from Favaloro tied the game at 19 apiece with 5:25 on the clock. The Falcons pulled ahead again by five when sophomore Payton Holmes (Carver, Mass.) put up three and Marazzi followed with a layup (24-19). The Cougars tied it again on a jumper from first year Elyssa Jackson (Warren, N.J.) but the Falcons were right back down the court with another three this time from Chloe Roberts (Hanson, Mass.). Senior Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) put in a jumper to close out the half with the Falcons leading by just one, 27-26.
-Clark took over the lead early in the third when senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) made a jumper from the wing (30-29). Back-to-back layups by O'Gara and first year Julia Beebe (Andover, Conn.) extended their lead to five, 34-29. The Falcons responded with 16 unanswered points to pull ahead 45-34 with 2:39 on the clock.
-The Falcons took their largest lead of the game at the 7:50 mark in the final stanza, 65-46. Freshman Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) helped the Cougars come back within nine when she buried a layup and two free-throws with just under four minutes to play, but Fitchburg State held on for the 80-67 final victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Kerstetter led the Cougars with 16 points to go along with six rebounds and a game-leading four steals. Favaloro added 13 points and a team-leading 14 rebounds while Sifferlen rounded out the top three as she came off the bench with 11 points for the Cougars.
-Marazzi led all players with 25 points and Coppinger followed with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Falcons to victory.
-The Falcons shot 40.3% from field goal range while the Cougars shot 31.5%. Fitchburg State edged Clark in rebounding, 50-46.
-The Cougars forced the visitors to turn the ball over 20 times and scored 17 points off of those turnovers.
-Clark travels to Nichols College on Saturday, November 17th at 1:00 p.m.
-Fitchburg State heads to the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) this weekend for a Tip-Off Tournament. Their first game is scheduled for Friday, November 16th vs. Wellesley College at 8:00 p.m.