Score: Emerson 66, Wellesley 51
Records: Emerson Lions (3-8, 1-3 NEWMAC) ; Wellesley Blue (3-7, 1-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Wellesley, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
The Lead: The Emerson women's basketball team saw four Lions drop double figures in points, including senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) with a game-high 15 points, sophomore Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) pouring in 13, sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) adding 12 and junior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) contributing 11 in the Purple's 66-51 win over Wellesley Blue for its first NEWMAC win to kick off 2018 on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Savino canned a team-best 15 points including going 5-for-6 from the three-point line, while Boyle was a rebound shy of a double-double with nine.
- Junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) was credited with a game-high four assists.
- Leading the way for Wellesley was Alyssa Cho with a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards as Caitlin Aguirre chipped in 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting and Kayla Jang had three assists.
- Emerson concluded the night canning 45.8% (27-59) from the field, while Wellesley finished 18-54 (33.3%) on the hardwood.
- The Lions were topped on the glass by the Blue (42-28), but the Lions drained 26 points in the paint to the Blue's 22 and held the assists advantage (16-10).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a lopsided opening quarter, Emerson managed to outscore Wellesley 18-8.
- Wellesley held an early 3-2 lead that was quickly erased by a jumper from Boyle at 7:27 that kickstarted a 12-2 spurt for the Lions that would lead to a 14-5 advantage in the visitors favor.
- Chelsea Brown halted Emerson's streak at 3:37 with a basket to pull Wellesley within seven (14-7).
- The hosts tallied the final four of five points in the stanza to take their lengthy 18-8 lead into the second.
- Holding the 18-8 lead after one, Emerson maintained control on both ends and held a lead through the remainder of the contest as they again held the hosts to a mere eight points in the second quarter.
- Foultz capped off the second frame with a triple at the 1:12 mark to send the Lions into the half with comfortable 31-16 advantage.
- Paced by seven points from Cho, Wellesley outscored Emerson within the third and diminished the Lions commanding lead down to 12 (45-33) heading into the fourth.
- Wellesley was able to cut the deficit down to ten in the early stages of the fourth, but that was the closest they would get to within Emerson as the Lions regained its 15-point edge to claim the 66-51 victory.
- Emerson returns to Brown & Plofker for its first home NEWMAC matchup of 2018 and welcomes Smith at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6.
- Wellesley remains at home on Saturday, January 6 with a NEWMAC contest against Springfield at 2:00 p.m.
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