Overall: 2-8 (0-3 NEWMAC)
Scoreboard: Suffolk 74, Emerson 67 | Boston, Mass. | December 12, 2017
BOSTON - The Emerson women's basketball team looks to get back in the win column as the calendar flips to 2018 with a pair of NEWMAC contests this upcoming week. The Lions start the week off on the road and head off to Wellesley for a 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Lions welcome the Smith Pioneers in its first home game of 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
- With an overall record of 2-8, the Lions are still in search for its first NEWMAC victory as they prepare to face Wellesley and Smith.
- During the 2016-2017 season, Emerson held a conference record of 5-11.
- In the month of January, the Lions will remain at Brown & Plofker for four contests and hit the road for five.
- Emerson currently averages 61.1 points per game (38.4%) through 10 contests, along with converting 34.9% of its triples and 63.9 of its shots on the free-throw line as well as pulling down 35.7 rebounds per game and 15.0 assists a game.
LIONS WITHIN THE NEWMAC
- Four members of the Lions find themselves within the top 10 of both offensive and defensive categories, including sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England), freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.).
- Foultz anchors the Lions on the offensive ends as she converts 13.6 points per game (5th) for a total of 136 points through 10 games (9th).
- Boyle leads the Lions on the glass as the freshman pulls down an average of 8.3 rebounds (4th) and has totaled 83 rebounds (5th).
- Busch and Savino power the Purple from downtown with Busch converting 41.2% of her triples (8th) and Savino follows in ninth with a three-point percentage of 38.5.
- Busch also finds herself in the top 10 of assists per game and is credited with an average of 3.3 helpers per contest.
QUINN MADDEN NAMED LION OF THE WEEK
- To wrap up competition ranging from December 11-18, sophomore Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) represented to women's team as the final Lion of the Week for 2017.
- Madden closed out 2017 action with a total of 21 points in the Lions last trio of games and pulled down 11 rebounds along with six assists, three steals and one block.
SCOUTING THE BLUE
- Wellesley enters 2018 posting an overall record of 3-6 and 1-2 against NEWMAC teams and have lost its last four contests, including two setbacks against Springfield (12/2) and Babson (12/6) before falling to Messiah on December 29, 2017.
- The Blue rack up 52.1 points per game (34.3%) with a 23.1 percentage on the three-point line and convert 67.1% on the the charity stripe with 33.7 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.
- Wellesley currently leads the NEWMAC in steals per game, averaging 11.7 takeaways per game.
- Pacing the Blue on both ends of the ball is Caitlin Aguirre, who cans 10.3 points per game with 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals a game, while Alyssa Cho has collects 6.2 rebounds.
- Emerson and Wellesley opened NEWMAC play back on November 29, 2017 at Brown & Plofker where the Blue topped the Lions, 61-53, despite 16 points from both Boyle and Foultz.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
- Winner of its last four of five games, Smith rolls in 2018 holding an 8-3 record with a 2-1 overall record against NEWMAC opponents.
- Smith's most recent loss coming on December 30, 2017 against New York University, 64-62.
- Emerson heads off to Smith on Saturday afternoon looking to snap the Pioneers 7-0 record at Ainsworth Gymnasium.
- In 11 games, the Pioneers have converted 44.7% of its shots from the floor and have averaged a whopping 71.3 points per contest with 37.4% of its triples 65.0% of its free throws falling through.
- Smith has also averaged 43.8 boards with 16.3 assists per game.
- The duo of Kennedy Guest-Pritchett and Lauren Bondi power Smith on the offensive and defensive end and rank within the top five of four NEWMAC categories.
- Bondi, who has canned a NEWMAC-leading 60.5% of her shots from the perimeter, also sits in the third spot with 14.3 points per game as well as leading the Pioneers with 1.5 takeaways a game.
- Guest-Pritchett anchors Smith overall with a NEWMAC leading 15.3 points per game and 57.8 field goal percentage while she comes in second with 11.4 rebounds.
- Wrapping the offensive leaders is Meghan Holland, who is credited with a team-best 3.6 assists.
- Back on February 18, 2017, Emerson handed Smith a 67-66 overtime loss as sophomore Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) nailed the game-winning triple with two ticks on the clock to wrap the Lions' 2016- 2017 season.
STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS