Clark Battles Back to NEWMAC Victory Over WPI, 56-50

Clark Battles Back to NEWMAC Victory Over WPI, 56-50

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 56, WPI 50

-Records: Clark (6-9, NEWMAC 2-4), WPI (7-7, NEWMAC 2-5)

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

-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team battled to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over the Engineers of WPI on Thursday evening. After falling behind in the first quarter, the Cougars outscored the Engineers in the final three stanzas to capture the win. Clark senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) led all players with 19 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-The Engineers pulled ahead by as many as 13 in the first stanza when first year Melanie Presseau (Manchester, N.H.) hit a three-pointer at the 2:43 mark (22-9). Senior Alyssa Paul (Schaghitcoke, N.Y.) added eight points in the first ten minutes to lead WPI to a 24-14 advantage heading into the second stanza.

-Clark came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Engineers 14-7. The Cougars tied the game up at 28-28 with under three minutes on the clock when senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) finished on a drive to the basket. Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and Ezemma put up six points each in the second as the hosts trailed by just two heading into the halftime break.

-The Cougars edged WPI in scoring in the third stanza, 15-14, and trailed by just two heading into the final 10 minutes. Ezemma and first year Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) made back-to-back layups at the start of the third period to tie the game at 47-47 with 5:04 on the clock. The game saw one more tie and one more lead change before Clark was able to finish on a 5-0 rally including four more points from Ezemma to claim the 56-50 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Ezemma led all players with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds and added a game-high four blocks. Sifferlen came off the bench with 15 points and Favaloro was just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds for the Cougars. O'Gara chipped in with nine points and a team high five assists.

-Paul led WPI with 17 points while first year Victoria Mirecki (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) put up nine points and nine rebounds for the visitors.

-Clark shot 32.3% from the field while WPI shot 29.1%.

-The Cougars edged the Engineers 51-45.

-Clark forced WPI to turn the ball over 14 times and scored 11 points off of those. WPI forced just nine Clark turnovers and turned them into seven points of their own.

UP NEXT

-Clark is back at home on Saturday, January 12th when they host Wheaton College in NEWMAC action at 1:00 p.m.

-WPI is home on Wednesday, January 16th when they host Springfield College in a conference matchup at 6:00 p.m.