BOSTON, Mass. – Costly turnovers and a tough opposing offensive attack was enough to keep the Emerson Women's Basketball Team at bay Monday afternoon as they fell 68-47 to the Emmanuel Saints. With the loss the Lions are now 6-11 overall and 2-4 in conference play as Emmanuel moves to 13-4 on the year and a perfect 5-0 in the GNAC.
The first half saw the Saints come up big on defense, forcing 21 Emerson turnovers that the Saints turned into 10 points. Emmanuel was tough on the boards as well, pulling down 23 rebounds in the half to Emerson's 16.
The Saints did work in the paint as well, putting in 14 of their 36 points in the box. The Lions fired back though to stay in the game with Kristin Brice heating up for 11 points in the half and the team shot 82% from the free throw line going 9-for-11 to take advantage of Emmanuel's physical play. In the end the Saints headed into the break up 36-21.
The second half saw the Saints explode out of the gate, this time forcing 17 turnovers in the half for 14 points. The Lions were scrappy though as they posted 10 offensive boards to put up 14 second chance points.
Janissa Delzo came off the bench to lead the Lions with seven points in the half while Shannon Norton and Kristin Brice both dropped six on the Saints. Emerson just couldn't seem to hold the Saints offense though as 11 Emmanuel players came out in the half to put up points finally closing out the 68-47 win.
The Lions will continue their season this Saturday as they travel to Suffolk for a 1 p.m. tip-off against the Rams in Boston.