Weekly Preview: Women's Basketball Returns to Court Wednesday Evening

Weekly Preview: Women's Basketball Returns to Court Wednesday Evening

2016-17 Record: 12-13 (5-11 NEWMAC)

 

Schedule:

Wednesday, November 15 vs. Gordon, Boston, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Video | Live Stats

Saturday, November 18 vs. Middlebury, Boston, Mass., 4:00 p.m. | Live Stats

Sunday, November 19 vs. Ave Maria, Boston, Mass., 11:00 a.m. | Live Stats

 

BOSTON - Coming off their best season in terms of win percentage in the last four seasons, the Emerson women's basketball team look to start off their 2017-18 campaign in winning fashion under the direction of head coach William Gould. Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Lions welcome Gordon at 7:00 p.m. before hosting Middlebury and Ave Maria in the annual Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Emerson embarks on Tip-Off Tournament action on Saturday against Middlebury at 4:00 p.m. and wraps up the weekend in an 11:00 a.m. tilt against Ave Maria.

 

FRESH START

  • Coming into the 2017-18 season, Emerson was selected to finish eighth in the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll.

  • Taking the top spot is last season's NEWMAC champions in Babson, followed by MIT in second, WPI in the third slot, Smith in fourth and Springfield rounding out the top five in fifth.

  • The final six spots consisted of Coast Guard (6th), Clark (7th), Emerson in eighth, Wheaton (9th) and Wellesley and Mount Holyoke taking the 10th and 11th slots.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Emerson capped off last season with a thrilling overtime 67-66 victory over Smith back on February 18th to put the Lions overall record at 12-13 and posted a record of 5-11 against NEWMAC opponents, putting them in the eighth spot in the conference.

  • When playing at Brown & Plofker, the Lions held a record of 7-4, while posting a record of 5-9 when away from Emerson.

  • On the academic side, Emerson took top honors in NCAA Division III with a team GPA of 3.673 as part of the 2016-17 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

  • Three Lions represented Emerson on the NEWMAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team last season including senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.), Sierra Ducey and junior Natalie Busch (London, England).  

  • Junior Charlie Boyle's (Scotts Valley, Calif.) stellar sophomore season was enough for her to nab a coveted spot on the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Second Team All-Conference team.

  • Boyle started in all 25 games at forward with 318 points with 160 boards, 18 assists, 14 steals and 11 blocks and was named NEWMAC Women's Basketball Offensive Player of the Week (2/6).

  • Sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) represented the Lions on the NEWMAC Women's Basketball All-Sportsmanship team.

 

IN WITH THE NEW

  • With the addition of four freshmen this upcoming season, the Lions will consist of two seniors, two juniors, and four sophomores.

  • The incoming freshman class includes Sophia Detweiler (West Chester, Penn.), who is also a member of the Emerson women's soccer team, Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.), Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) and Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), the sister of center/forward Charlie Boyle.

 

TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT

  • Emerson looks to reclaim its Tip-Off Tournament title for the second year in a row as the Lions welcome Middlebury and Ave Maria to Brown & Plofker this upcoming weekend.

  • In last season's tournament back on November 19-20, 2016, the Lions defeated the Simmons Sharks, 81-50 in the consolation game and took down the Wesleyan Cardinals in a 57-53 comeback win to take the title.

 

SCOUTING THE FIGHTING SCOTS

  • Gordon, who belong to the Commonwealth Coast Conference, wrapped up the 2016-17 season at 7-19 and were 5-13 when facing CCC opponents.

  • The Fighting Scots were selected to finish seventh in the CCC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll.

  • Emerson and Gordon met on the hardwood back on December 8, 2016, at the Bennett Center where the Lions pulled away with the 65-47 victory.

  • The Fighting Scots return its top five scorers, including Meghan Foley, who averaged 13.4 points a game, as well as Brooke Dyson and Alisha Henderson.

  • Also returning to Gordon is the Fighting Scots top rebounder in Sarah Gibbs, who pulled 7.5 rebounds per game and ranked fourth within the CCC.

 

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

  • Middlebury, a member of NESCAC, finished the 2016-17 season at 17-8 and posted a record of 6-4 against conference teams.

  • The Panthers had their season ended at the hands of Colby, who handed the Panthers a 48-39 setback in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.

  • Middlebury returns the entirety of its roster from 2016-17, including senior Sarah Kaufman, who averaged a team-best 10.9 points per game and ranked second with 2.1 assists per game.

 

SCOUTING THE GYRENES

  • Ave Maria enters its contest against Emerson with two games under its belt and currently hold a 2-0 record with wins over Trinity (Fla.) and Florida College.

  • The Gyrenes are coming off a 2016-2017 season where they finished tied for fifth in The Sun Conference and are slated to finish fifth again this season.

  • Ave Maria returns three of its top four leading scorers, including Lauren Gillingham, who notched her 1,000th career point against Florida College, as well as Mallory Burton and Jasmine Bateman, who both averaged over ten points per game last year.

 

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