Score: Wellesley 61, Emerson 53
Records: Emerson Lions (2-4, 0-1 NEWMAC) ; Wellesley Blue (3-2, 1-0 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Lead: The Emerson women's basketball team saw two Lions in sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) contribute 16 points a piece as the Lions suffered a 61-53 setback to the Wellesley Blue on Wednesday night to open the Purple's NEWMAC schedule.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Foultz, who finished 6-for-13 from the field and 3-for-7 beyond the arc, recorded four assists and three boards to go along with 16 points.
- Boyle put up a double-double effort of 16 points and 10 rebounds with a pair of steals as she finished 7-for-11 on the floor.
- Sophomore Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and senior Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) were both credited with four assists, while freshman Sophia Detweiler (West Chester, Penn.) also recorded two steals and classmate Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) blocked two shots.
- Catilin Aguirre paced all scorers with 20 points, while Kayla Jang pulled down eight boards and Kendall You Mak was credited with four assists for Wellesley.
- Lane Arkangel had a team-best four steals for the Blue as Aguirre and Alyssa Cho each had a block.
- Emerson finished 19-for-52 (36.5%) and canned 7-of-19 (36.8%) from beyond the arc to go with a 61.5% on the free throw line (8-of-13).
- Wellesley shot 46.9% on the day (23-of-49), went 3-for-8 on the three point line (37.5%) and registered a free throw percentage of 54.5% (12-of-22).
- Emerson out rebounded Wellesley (35-32), while the Blue held the advantage in second chance points (11-5), points within the paint (26-16) and bench points (15-9).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Emerson found themselves on the other end of a 9-6 deficit at the end of the first stanza, the Lions used the second quarter to wither the score down to four at 22-18.
- Wellesley carried a five point 13-8 edge until 7:08 of the second thanks to a jumper from Cho only to have Emerson answered with a 6-2 spurt.
- At 7:05, Toner canned the 14-all bucket at 4:05 and saw Clydesdale's triple fall through at 3:08 to push the Lions on top (17-16).
- Detweiler made one of two free throws to give Emerson its final lead of the half (18-16).
- Within the final 1:37 of the opening half, Wellesley extended its advantage to four after Aguirre cashed in the Blue's final three points with 39 ticks on the clock.
- Wellesley ventured into a double figure 13 point lead (33-20) at 5:33 after holding Emerson to a pair of free throws.
- The visitors continued to hold a double digit edge over Emerson, but the Lions were able to dwindle their way into single digits at seven (39-32) on a trey from Boyle at the 55 second mark of the third.
- Aguirre put up a lay-up to cap off the quarter and put Wellesley's lead back to nine (41-32).
- Wellesley held a 12-point cushion into the midway point of the fourth until the Lions spread 13 points over a five and a half minute span.
- Emerson's spurt was highlighted by a pair of shots from downtown by Foultz with score at 53-48 and 3:52 on the clock in the fourth.
- The Lions were able to inch within four twice, once at 54-50 and then 56-52, on treys by Boyle with 2:04 to play.
- The Blue capitalized within the remaining 1:33 of the final frame and sealed the score at 61-53 on a layup from Aguirre.
- Emerson opens its December schedule on Saturday in New London, Conn. for a NEWMAC road tilt against Coast Guard at 1:00 p.m.
- Wellesley will also be in road action on Saturday as the Blue head off to Springfield for a NEWMAC contest slated for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
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