-Score: Clark University 78, Simmons College 49
-Records: Clark (3-3), Simmons (1-6)
-Location: Boston, Mass. (Moore Gymnasium)
-The Lead: Senior guard Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) scored a game-high 16 points and sophomore forward Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) posted a double-double to lead the Clark University women's basketball team to a 78-49 victory over host Simmons University on Wednesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cougars took a five point lead late in the first quarter when senior Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) hit a three-pointer and her classmate Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) drained two free throws (15-10). With just one second on the clock Simmon's Rebekah Carroll (Londonderry, N.H.) knocked one in from behind the arc to bring the Sharks within two heading into the second quarter (15-13).
-First year Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) kicked off the second stanza with a basket from behind the arc to put the Cougars back up by five with 8:50 on the clock (18-13). The Sharks pulled back within one on a layup from junior Kirra Courchesne (Wilmington, Vt.) at the 7:48 mark but three points from a pair of free-throws and a layup from senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) and a three-pointer from Kerstetter extended Clark's lead to eight with 3:42 on the clock. The Cougars closed out the first half with threes from Oullette and O'Gara to climb to a 17-point lead heading into the halftime break (42-25).
-O'Gara led the Cougars with nine points in the first half while Favaloro grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Molly Phillips (Cranston, R.I.) led Simmons offensively with eight points in the first half.
-Kerstetter led Clark with nine points in the third quarter. The Cougars outscored the Sharks 20-11 in the third to extend their lead to 29 points heading into the final stanza (65-36).
-After Clark led by as many as 34 points, the Sharks went on a 4-0 run to come back within 26 with 2:41 to play (75-49), but that is as close as they would come as the Cougars went on to take the 78-49 victory.
-Simmons edged Clark in scoring in the fourth 13-12 as they were paced by Francesca Corsinetti (Johnston, R.I.) with five points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Kerstetter led all players with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field (2-for-5 from three point range) and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. O'Gara added 15 points and Favaloro put up 13 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double.
-Cassandra Stapelfeld led the Sharks with 15 points and Denae Douglas came up with a team high seven rebounds.
-Clark shot 39.4% from the field while Simmons shot 25.5%. The Cougars also edged the Sharks in rebounds 48-42. Clark forced 22 turnovers by the Sharks and converted them into 25 points.
-Clark opens up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when they travel to MIT on Saturday, December 1st for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
-Simmons travels to Dean College on Tuesday, December 4th for a 7:00 p.m. game.