Women's Basketball Soars to Victory at Mount Holyoke, 75-37

Women's Basketball Soars to Victory at Mount Holyoke, 75-37

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 75, Mount Holyoke College 37

-Records: Clark (9-12, NEWMAC 5-7), Mount Holyoke (1-19, NEWMAC 0-11)

-Location: South Hadley, Mass. (Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium)

-The Lead: Three players scored in double-figures to lead the Clark University women's basketball team past the Mount Holyoke College Lyons in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Clark took a 20 point lead after the first quarter when senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) put up 10 points over the opening 10 minutes (26-6). The Lyons kept up with Clark in the second period as the Cougars edged them in scoring, 14-11. Senior Leah Hodges (New Haven, Conn.) made back-to-back layups to lead the Lyons in the second period. Senior May Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) knocked one down from behind the arc and hit a pair of free-throws before the break to give Clark a 40-17 advantage heading into the locker rooms.

-Clark outscored Mount Holyoke 16-8 in the third quarter. Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) went 3-for-5 from the field in the third to lead Clark with six points. Sophomore Annika Brooks (Portland, Maine) put up four of the Lyon's eight points in the third. Mount Holyoke was able to add 10 more points in the final stanza but Clark pushed ahead with 18, including six from Kerstetter and four from both Maggie Tarbox (Lebanon, Conn.) and Danielle Hearnlaye (Auburn, Mass.) to take home the final 75-37 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Kerstetter led the Cougars with 17 points including two three-pointers and a 5-for-6 showing at the free-throw line. Ezemma posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. First year Julia Beebe (Andover, Conn.) rounded out double-digit scoring for Clark with 13 points on a 6-for-7 effort from the field. Favaloro nearly missed a double-double of her own with nine points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

-Brooks led the Lyons with 14 points and eight rebounds in the setback.

-Clark shot 43.7% from the field and held the Lyons to 24.6% shooting.

-The Cougars outrebounded Mount Holyoke 54-37.

-Clark forced Mount Holyoke to turn the ball over 27 times and converted those into 28 points of their own. The Lyons forced 20 Clark turnovers and scored 14 of their points off of those.

UP NEXT

-Clark will host Coast Guard Academy in NEWMAC action on Wednesday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m.

-Mount Holyoke travels to MIT on Saturday, February 2nd for a conference contest at 2:00 p.m.