Score: Emerson 89, Springfield 84 (3 OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (14-8, 8-5 NEWMAC) ; Springfield Pride (15-7, 10-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Lead: It took three overtimes and 36 points from senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and a season high 20 points from junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) to take down Springfield in a hard fought 89-84 NEWMAC victory, marking the third consecutive Lions win and first win over the Pride in program history.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Boyle matched her career-high of 36 points on 15-of-20 shooting and finished her stat line with eight rebounds.
- Foultz canned a season high 20 points, including 3-of-5 on the perimeter, followed junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) contributing 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals three steals.
- Junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) matched Boyle with eight rebounds and added three steals, while sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) led the reserves with nine points and four steals.
- All five of Springfields starters registered double figures, led by Alex Goslin at 18, Emily Jacques (16), Gracie Restituyo (12) and Chelsea McAllister (10).
- Jacques and Restituyo each pulled down 12 rebounds with Jacques also registering four steals and three blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Back to back baskets by Goslin and McAllister quickly put Springfield on top 4-0 until Madden connected on a triple followed by a layup by Boyle as Emerson claimed the 5-4 lead at 6:30.
- Lauren Rudolph put up a trey to give Springfield back a 6-5 edge before the Pride rattled off another 4-0 run and put Emerson in a three-point deficit (11-8).
- Through the final 54 seconds of the first, Emerson rattled off three points to even up the score at 11-all.
- Boyle proved to be too much for Springfield and banked 13 of Emerson's 15 second quarter points, nine of which were highlighted in an early 9-2 run by the Lions and gave the hosts its biggest lead at the time of seven (20-13).
- Foultz broke up Boyle's second frame scoring with a layup at 1:08 to keep the Lions in front by five going into the half (26-21).
- The Lions maintained a lead of at least eight until 2:05 of the third stanza before the Pride chiseled the hosts lead down to a pair thanks to a 6-0 run and moved the score to 40-38.
- Emerson continued to keep Springfield within distance on baskets from Clydesdale and Boyle (51-45), but the Pride surged for the next nine of 12 points to knot the score at 54-all and 2:52 left in the fourth.
- Free throws proved to be crucial down the stretch as both Boyle and Foultz stepped to the line keeping Emerson in the game (57-57) with the game entering overtime as Goslin missed her three-point attempt.
- The first overtime frame saw five lead changes, the biggest lead being two after senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) converted from the stripe (66-64) only to have Goslin lock up the score once again (66-66), sending the game into a second overtime.
- Rudolph canned a shot from distance to give Springfield a three-point cushion (4:43) as Davey sent up two consecutive layups to push Emerson back in front (70-69).
- A 5-2 spurt from the Pride was capped on Chelsea McAllister's trey with 11 ticks remaining with the visitors ahead by three (75-72) as Foultz tallied a clutch top of the key three to send Emerson into a third overtime tied at 75-all.
- Emerson gave themselves a comfortable six-point cushion at 1:11 of the third overtime on back-to-back triples from sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) and Davey (85-79).
- Springfield was able to get back within three on Jacques' three-point shot (85-82) with Emerson icing the victory at the free throw line.
- Emerson hits the road on Saturday, February 9 at WPI in a 1:00 p.m. NEWMAC clash.
- Springfield will also be on the road Saturday at first-place Babson starting at 1:00 p.m.
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