Score: Emerson 67, Smith 66 (OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (11-13, 5-11 NEWMAC); Smith Pioneers (17-8, 9-7 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Regan Gymnasium @ Suffolk University)
Date: February 18, 2017
The Lead: With just two seconds remaining on the clock in overtime, freshman Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Pa.) sank the game-winning jumper to push the Emerson women's basketball team past Smith, 67-66, in the Lions season finale. Prior to today's game, the Lions honored senior captain Elizabeth Horan (Ashland, Mass.) for her hard work and dedication to the women's basketball program over her four-year collegiate career.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leading the way for Emerson was sophomore Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), who finished with a team-best 18 points and went 6-for-12 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.
- Horan followed Boyle with 15 points that included 5-of-11 shots made from beyond the arc and two assists.
- Freshman Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) registered a season-best 13 points to match a team-high two blocks.
- Junior Sierra Ducey (Poway, Calif.) recorded 14 boards, all of which were defensive.
- For Smith, Kennedy Guest-Pritch paced the Pioneers offense with a game-high 23 points to match a team-high 15 rebounds, while Mandy Castro led the defense with five steals.
- Erin Hanley tallied 13 points to match 11 boards, while Samantha Alaki added 10 points and Paige Marquez racked up a team-high five assists.
- Emerson outshot Smith (38.1%-34.7%) from the field, while the Pioneers beat the Lions on the glass (49-45) and inside the paint (36-16).
- The Lions saw their bench contribute 31 points in the win as well.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 4:36 of the first quarter was when Emerson held its biggest lead of three (7-4) over Smith after Boyle sank a successful jumper before the Pioneers squared the score 8-all on a pair of free throws by Guest-Pritch.
- Smith held a four-point edge over Emerson going into the final 49 seconds of the quarter, but Madden sank a jumper and drew a foul to force the three-point play that put the Lions behind one at 12-11.
- A pair of Guest-Pritch free throws ignited a 12-1 push that allowed the Pioneers to extends its lead to eight at 24-16 with 4:39 left to play in the half.
- Madden's layup at 4:04 sparked eight straight points, including back-to-back threes from Horan and sophomore Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) to even the score at 24-all.
- Smith answered with the next five of seven points to regain the 29-26 lead as Madden's jumper pushed the Lions within one at the half at 29-28.
- The Pioneers opened the third frame on a 12-5 streak to extend their lead to eight on a Guest-Pritch jumper with 4:29 to go in the quarter.
- Through the final 3:30 of the third, Emerson held Smith to a single shot, which allowed the Lions to tack on six points to close the gap to four at 43-39 going into the final 10 minutes.
- Emerson's biggest deficit within the fourth quarter was five points after Hanley canned a trio of layups to put Smith up 49-44 with 5:52 left in regulation.
- The Lions squared the score twice before a single free throw by junior Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) put the Lions in front, 57-55, going into the final 1:05.
- Smith cut Emerson's celebration short as Hanley drew a foul and sank the game-tying pair of free throws to send the game into overtime with the score at 57-57.
- The Pioneers banged out six points to start off overtime and earned the 62-60 lead before Boyle's two good free throws evened the score, 62-all.
- Clydesdale canned a three to put Emerson up 65-64 with 2:13 left to play, but Lauren Bondi answered with the go-ahead trey at 66-65.
- With 32 seconds to play, Ducey recovered Bondi's triple attempt and handed the ball off to Clydesdale, who sank the game-winning three with two ticks on the clock and put the Lions up 67-66.
- Mandy Castro sent up a three as the buzzer sounded, but it was no good as Emerson walked away with the 67-66 overtime victory.
- Emerson's season has come to a close.
- Smith enters the NEWMAC Women's Basketball playoffs as the No. 5 seed and will open postseason play on Wednesday, February 22 against No. 4 MIT at 7:00 p.m.
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