Score: Emerson 83, Smith 76
Records: Emerson Lions (4-8, 2-3 NEWMAC) ; Smith Pioneers (8-4, 2-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
The Lead: Powered by 19 points from both junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) and sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the Emerson women's basketball team picked up its second consecutive NEWMAC victory in an 83-76 win over the Smith Pioneers on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Shooting 6-for-9 on the floor including 3-for-5 from downtown and a perfect 4-for-4 on the free throw stripe, Busch put up a stat line that featured 19 points, six boards, five assists and one steal.
- Foultz, who also canned 19 points, finished the afternoon going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc with six rebounds, two rebounds and one steal.
- Also contributing double figures in points was senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) with 13, five boards and a team-best two steals and eight assists.
- Smith saw three players pour in double digits in points including Kennedy Guest-Pritchett, Meghan Holland and Amanda Barriscale.
- Guest-Pritchett concluded the day with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds with an additional five assists on 12-of-13 shots from the floor.
- Holland drained 4-of-7 on the three point line to go with 15 points, six boards, three assists and one steal, while Barriscale was 5-of-6 with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.
- Emerson wrapped the afternoon shooting 26-of-50 (52.0%), converting 12-of-22 of its triples (54.5%) and saw 79.2% of its free throws fall in (19-24).
- Smith went 32-of-65 (49.2%) with 5-of-16 of its shots coming from the perimeter (31.3%) and connected 7-of-12 from the charity line (58.3%).
- Smith topped Emerson on the glass (38-26), within the paint (38-12) and second chance points (17-4), while the Lions saw production from its bench (31-16) and topped the Pioneers in assists (23-20).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Smith took advantage of Emerson's slow offensive start and jumped out to an eight point lead (10-2) at the 7:19 mark of the first quarter and maintained a nine-point cushion (18-9) after Katy McClellan sank a free throw at 2:19.
- Within the last minute and a half of the opening frame, a jumper from Busch pushed Emerson to within four (19-15) to wrap the first 10 minutes.
- Back-to-back triples from Foultz squared the score at 21-all at the 8:36 mark of the second quarter, but Smith answered with the next six points as a bucket from Sydney Koh put the visitors back up by six (27-21).
- A pair of three's from sophomore Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) and Busch with 4:20 on the clock gave Emerson its first lead at 31-29.
- Guest-Pritchett's trey capped off Smith's first-half scoring to put the visitors on top by three (37-34) with 32 seconds on the clock.
- Emerson gained the half's final possession and capitalized as Busch sank another jumper with four ticks remaining and inched the Lions within one at 37-36.
- The hosts outscored the Pioneers 20-15 throughout the third quarter as both teams kept the game interesting and locked the score up three times.
- Both Savino and Foultz displayed their strength from downtown as the duo drained consecutive triples at 3:50 to kickstart a 10-2 spurt that allowed the Lions to carry a 56-52 lead into the fourth.
- Smith kept themselves within striking distance and made it a one possession game after Holland sank a deep triple at 5:20 and pushed the Pioneers to within a pair (64-62).
- Two was the closest Smith would come to overtake Emerson as the Lions used the charity line to their advantage, tacking on 13 of its final 19 points from the stripe.
- Emerson gets back onto the hardwood on Tuesday, January 9 and head off to Mount Holyoke for a 7:00 p.m. NEWMAC tilt.
- Smith opens 2018 home action on Tuesday night as well as they welcome Babson at 7:00 p.m.
STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS