BOSTON, Mass.- It was the "White Out" Game at Emerson College, but it won't be erased from the Emerson Women's Basketball Team's memory any time soon as the Lions came away with a 48-46 statement win Saturday afternoon against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bears.
The Lions were hungry to avenge a 20-point loss in a Jan. 7 meeting between the teams and did just that as Janissa Delzo's two free throws with one tick left secured the win on Senior Day for senior captain Elissa Chojnicki.
With the win, EC moves to 8-13 overall and 4-12 in the NEWMAC, while the Bears fall to 15-5 overall and 11-5 in conference play.
Kristin Brice scored a game-high 14 points along with eight rebounds as teammate Emily Cameron chipped in 10 points to go with six rebounds. Kelsey Johnson (eight points) had a big game on the boards with eight and had four of Emerson's seven blocked shots. Catherine Cloutier's seven defensive rebounds also were key to slowing down the Bears' attack.
Torie Sutherland (11 points, nine rebounds) and Meghan Fornaro (10 points, five rebounds ), Alexi Rowland (eight points, five rebounds) and Dani Knox (five points, nine rebounds) paced USCGA.
The first half saw the Lions pounce out to a 21-7 lead with 4:40 to go before the Bears rallied back. Emerson went into the locker room up 25-17 at the break. This was only the fifth time all season that Coast Guard has trailed in the first half, totaling their lowest point total in the first half all year.
Emerson made eight of 24 field goals and 50% from the line in the half as Johnson led the floor with six points and seven rebounds. Cameron, Chojnicki, Cloutier and Delzo each had four points in the first twenty.
Coast Guard connected on just five of 35 shots from the floor and went 0-for-10 from three point land to shoot 14% in the first half. The Bears helped their cause by sinking seven of 11 free throws and collected nine offensive rebounds. Nicole Strickland led USCGA with five points in the half. Torie Sutherland chipped in four points and six rebounds as Coast Guard was able to pull down four more boards (24 to 20) than Emerson.
The second half saw EC hold as much as a 12-point advantage with 14:55 to play, but the Bears cut the deficit and tied the game at 37 with 9:35 left in the game. Coast Guard took their first lead 38-37, then gave it right back, 39-38, before going on a 6-0 run (44-39) until the Lions could come within two on one of freshman guard Cameron's three three-pointers.
Coast Guard led 44-42 for nearly four minutes with no baskets until Brice's layup netted the score at 44 apiece with 3:44 to play. The game would be tied one more time at 46-all on Brice's free throws with 0:55 on the clock.
The Lions were consistent with their play of the first half putting up nearly identical numbers in field goal and three-point percentage in the second half. The major difference was the ability to convert five of six free throws; including two of Janissa Delzo's, which clinched the game with one second remaining.
EC turned the ball over 17 times to the Bears' 10 and were out-rebounded 44-36 overall, but the Lions were able to pull out a win despite Coast Guard's second half surge and second chance points. USCGA shot just 22% from the field and 14% from three in the game and was plagued by foul trouble.
The Lions will return to action Feb. 12 when they host the WPI Engineers for a 7 p.m. tip in the Brown-Plofker gym.
Written by Annie Jenkins, Emerson Athletics Media Relations