Score: Emerson 89, Mount Holyoke 35
Records: Emerson Lions (5-8, 3-3 NEWMAC) ; Mount Holyoke Lyons (0-12, 0-6 NEWMAC)
Location: South Hadley, Mass. (Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium)
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Lead: With the help of double-figure efforts from sister duo freshman Sam Boyle and junior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), as well as 12 points from sophomore Leena Kardacz (Harleysville, Penn.), the Emerson women's basketball team notched its third straight NEWMAC victory over Mount Holyoke, 89-35, to move to .500 in conference play on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- In a double figure night for both Boyle's and Kardacz, every Lion that stepped on the floor contributed two or more points.
- Sam Boyle, who finished the night going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and nailed 2-of-2 three-point baskets, anchored the Lions offensively with 14 points and four boards, two assists, three steals and one block.
- Coming off the bench, Kardacz canned 12 points on 5-of-8 shots to go along with a team-best six boards, two assists and two steals.
- Along with Kardacz, sophomore Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) also pulled down a team-best six rebounds.
- Charlie Boyle rounded out the top scorers with 10 points and finished 4-of-5 from the hardwood, three rebounds, four assists and one block.
- On the defensive end, senior Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) had a game-high five takeaways.
- Leading Mount Holyoke on the offensive end was GraceAnne Woods, who poured in 12 points on 4-of-9 shots.
- Leah Hodges grabbed a game-high eight boards as she and Michaela Butin were each credited with a pair of assists.
- Emerson wrapped the night shooting 52.1% (37-71) and converted 47.1% (8-17) from the three-point line and were 87.5% (7-8) on the charity line.
- Mount Holyoke saw 26.0% (13-50) of its shots fall through and went 1-for-2 (50.0%) from downtown and sank 8-of-15 (53.3%) on the charity stripe.
- The Lions beat out the Lyons on the glass (44-32), in assists (22-5) and within the paint (32-14).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a trey from Woods gave Mount Holyoke an early 2-0 lead to start off the first, Emerson silenced the Lyons as a jumper from Charlie Boyle ignited the Lions 18-2 spurt.
- With 1:21 on the clock, Hodges halted Emerson's streak with a jumper, but the visitors closed out the quarter with a pair of buckets to push the Lions lead to 22-8.
- Both squads traded baskets to open the second quarter, yet it was Emerson who had its offense gain momentum after senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) canned a layup.
- Savino's trey once again sparked a significant run as the Lions went on to tally 10 consecutive points to make the score 37-12.
- Mount Holyoke registered a pair of points from Woods at the charity stripe to start closing in on Emerson, but the Lions closed the frame out strong with eight points and a 45-14 heading into the half.
- The third quarter saw Emerson continue to hold power on the both ends and limited Mount Holyoke to a pair of points.
- Mount Holyoke got its offense going in the fourth and put up a seven point run that was ignited by a trey from Raquel Fitzpatrick, including five straight points from downtown to move the Lyons to 74-31.
- The visiting Lions got momentum back on their side and only allowed the Lyons three more points for the remainder of the contest to seal the 89-35 win.
- Emerson continues its road slate and heads to Springfield on Saturday, January 13 for a 1:00 p.m. tip off.
- Mount Holyoke concludes its home stand on Thursday, January 11 and welcome Clark at 7:00 p.m.
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