Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Rams Over Clark

Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Rams Over Clark

THE BASICS

-Score: Suffolk University 62, Clark University 49

-Records: Clark (3-7), Suffolk (8-3)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team faced a setback to the Rams of Suffolk University on Tuesday evening in a non-conference match-up at the Kneller Athletic Center. The game saw three ties and four lead changes before the Rams were able to pull away in the final quarter to take home the 13-point victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-After Suffolk took a four point lead to start the first quarter, Clark first year Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) entered the game at the 5:42 mark and scored five points to help lift Clark to an eight point lead (15-7) heading into the second stanza.

-The Rams came back within two at the start of the second when sophomore Jenni-Rose Dicecco (Falmouth, Mass.) added four points with just under eight minutes to play (17-15). Sifferlen put the Cougars back up by five when she stepped behind the arc for three with 5:06 on the clock (22-17). Suffolk responded with a jumper from sophomore Jordan Hipwell (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), a three-pointer from senior Marissa Gudauskas (Bolton, Conn.), and a layup from Dicecco to tie the game at 26-26 with 2:02 on the clock. Clark senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) knocked in a three and sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) sank two free-throws to give Clark the 31-28 lead heading into the halftime break.

-Sifferlen led Clark with eight points in the first 20 minutes and Kerstetter added eight. Favaloro grabbed seven rebounds for the Cougars before halftime. Hipwell led the Rams with eight points before the break and DiCecco added seven points. Junior Alexis Hackett (Charlton, Mass.) led with 10 rebounds for the visitors before halftime.

-The Cougars came out of the break strong with a 3-1 run including two drives to the basket from senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) and a basket from Favaloro to pull ahead by seven and force the Rams to call a timeout at the 6:31 mark (37-30). Out of the timeout Suffolk went on a 3-1 run of their own capped off on a three-pointer from Hipwell to pull within one before the Cougars called a timeout of their own (38-37) at the 2:56 mark. The visitors regained the lead when Hipwell added five points from a layup and a three-pointer to head into the final stanza with the 42-40 advantage.

-The Rams carried their run into the fourth quarter and pulled ahead by as many as 14 at the 1:23 mark. Hackett added six points as Suffolk outscored Clark 18-7 in the final stanza to take home the 62-49 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Sifferlen led the Cougars in scoring with 11 points. She added four rebounds and a game-high four steals. Favaloro posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Ezemma added seven points and matched Favaloro's team leading 12 rebounds.

-Hipwell led all scorers with 26 points for Suffolk. Hackett came away with a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the visitors.

-The Rams shot 46.2% from the field while Clark shot 27.1%. The Cougars shot 53.3% from the free-throw line (5-for-8) while Suffolk shot 33.3% (1-for-3).

-Clark edged the visitors in rebounding, 50-46.

-Clark forced Suffolk to turn the ball over 16 times and put up 12 points from those.

UP NEXT

-Clark is back in action at the end of December for the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic. They will play Regis on Saturday, December 29th at 3:00 p.m. and Framingham State on Sunday, December 30th at 12:00 p.m.

-Suffolk travels to Naples, Fla. for their next two games. They will play Tufts on Saturday the 29th at 11:00 a.m. and St. Mary's (Md.) on Sunday, December30th at 1:00 p.m.