January 26, 2013

Norton's Buzzer Beater Pushes Women's Basketball Past Suffolk 65-64

BOSTON, Mass. – A last-second buzzer beater by Shannon Norton lifted the Emerson Women's Basketball Team 65-64 over GNAC foes, the Suffolk Rams Saturday afternoon in Boston. With the win, the Lions improve to 7-11 overall and 3-4 in conference play while Suffolk drops to 13-5 and suffers their first loss in GNAC play to move to 5-1.

The first half saw Kristin Brice come out red-hot as she dropped 14 points and picked up five rebounds to bolster the Emerson attack. Shannon Norton also looked sharp, putting up five points of her own as EC put up 31 points in the half.

The Rams hung around though as they dominated in the paint, putting in 12 points in the half while shooting 48% in field goals as a team. Jennifer Ruys led the way for Suffolk, tying Brice's 14 and pulling down six rebounds of her own while her teammates did the rest to head into the half up 36-31.

The second half showed the Lions' tenacity though as they refused to go away, staying on the Rams' tail throughout. This time the Lions outshot the Rams 43% to 32% as Brice dropped another 10 points in the half.

Kelsey Johnson showed up in the half to lead the floor with 11 points off the bench. Emerson's defense decided to make a difference as well, forcing five Suffolk turnovers that they collected nine points off of.

Suffolk's Iliana Quadri helped SU's case with ten points while Ruys and Dominique Demar both added eight, but the Lions weren't to be silenced, spreading the offense in the half to keep the Rams on edge.  With the Rams leading 64-63 with 10 seconds left, Shannon Norton took a jumper to take the one point lead that Suffolk couldn't return, giving EC the 65-64 win.

The Lions return to action this Wednesday as they travel to Lasell to continue GNAC play. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Newton, Mass.