Clark Clinches Playoffs with Victory Over Lyons, 73-28

Clark Clinches Playoffs with Victory Over Lyons, 73-28

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 73, Mount Holyoke College 28

-Records: Clark (11-13, NEWMAC 7-8), Mount Holyoke (1-23, NEWMAC 0-15)

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

-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team secured a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over the Lyons of Mount Holyoke College in their final home game of the season on Wednesday evening. The win helped the Cougars secure a spot in the NEWMAC playoffs as they hold the sixth seed and will travel for the first round on Tuesday, February 19th.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Clark took a 16-point lead after the first 10 minutes of play as they outscored the Lyons 24-8. The Cougars took a six-point lead when senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) drained a three-pointer from the left corner at the 7:43 mark. The Lyons were able to pull within one on a three-pointer from junior Katlyn Grover (Bernardston, Mass.) with 6:14 on the clock (7-6). Clark regained a seven point lead with a basket from behind the arc by senior Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) (13-6). Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) put up six points in the final two minutes to give the Cougars a 24-8 lead heading into the second stanza.

-Grover hit her second three of the day with 7:17 on the clock in the second to bring Mount Holyoke within 15 (26-11). The Cougars went on a rally that included two layups and two free-throws from Kerstetter to pull ahead by 25 (36-11), before Grover knocked down her third three to close the gap to 22 with 1:30 on the clock. Clark took a 36-15 lead into the halftime break.

-Kerstetter led Clark with nine points in the first half while Favaloro added eight. Grover led the Lyons with nine points in the first.

-Clark outscored Mount Holyoke 20-6 in the third stanza led by a seven-point effort from senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.). Ouellette knocked down a last second three-pointer to give the Cougars a 35 point lead heading into the final 10 minutes, 56-21. Senior Zahkeyah Allen (Philadelphia, Penn.) added four of the Lyon's six points in the third.

-Clark finished the game outscoring the Lyons 17-7 to take the final 73-28 victory. Senior Kacey Legare(Chicopee, Mass.) went 3-for-3 from the field to lead the Cougars with six points in the final period.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Ezemma led the Cougars posting a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Legare finished with 12 points and a game-leading three steals. Kerstetter and Favaloro rounded out double-digit scoring for Clark with 11 points and 10 points respectively.

-Grover finished with a team-leading 12 points for the Lyons while her teammate Raquel Fitzpatrick (Providence, R.I.) finished with six points.

-Clark shot 40.3% from the field while Mount Holyoke shot 29.4%.

-The Cougars outrebounded the Lyons 51-24.

-Clark shot 61.1% from the free-throw line (11-for-18) while the Lyons shot 30.8% from the charity stripe (4-for-13).

-Clark forced 25 turnovers by Mount Holyoke and converted them into 26 points of their own. The Cougars turned the ball over 11 times and the Lyons scored just two points off of those turnovers.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to Springfield College on Saturday, February 16th for a NEWMAC contest at 1:00 p.m.

-Mount Holyoke is back at home on Saturday, February 16th when they host Emerson College at 1:00 p.m. in conference action.