Women's Basketball Locks Up 90-71 Win Over Gordon In Season Opener

Natalie Clydesdale and Natalie Busch
Natalie Clydesdale and Natalie Busch


Score: Emerson 90, Gordon 71 

Records: Emerson Lions (1-0) ; Gordon Fighting Scots (0-1)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Lead: Sophomore Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards and freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) put up 14 points and 10 rebounds, while three more Lions contributed double figures in points as the Emerson women's basketball team kickstarted its 2017-18 campaign with a 90-71 triumph over the visiting Gordon Fighting Scots in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday night. 



  • In addition to 12 points and 10 boards, Clydesdale went 5-for-8 from the hardwood with six assists and five takeaways. 
  • The Lions saw three more players contribute double figures in points, including senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) and sophomore Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) each with 13 and junior Natalie Busch (London, England) canning 11. 
  • For Gordon, Meghan Foley led all scorers with 21 points and went 9-for-16 on the floor to match a team-best six boards, while Alisha Henderson finished with four rebounds and three Fighting Scots had two steals apiece. 
  • Emerson racked up a 56.1 field goal percentage, shot 60% beyond the arc and registered 76.9% from the charity stripe.
  • Gordon shot 37.9% from the floor, registered 32.1% of its shots behind the three-point line and had a free throw percentage of 63.2%. 
  • The Lions outshot the Fightings Scots from within the paint, 40-26, while the visitors held the advantage in second chance points (17-12) and bench points (48-34). 



  • Busch contributed seven of Emerson's 21 first quarter points to propel the Lions to a 21-12 lead over Gordon. 
  • Emerson started off the quarter with a 4-0 lead and held Gordon to three points while the Lions pushed the score to ten at 13-3 before distancing themselves with its biggest lead of 12 after a jumper from freshman Sophia Detweiler (West Chester, Penn.) at 17-5. 
  • The visitors were held to four points through the final 51 seconds of the stanza as the stanza closed with Emerson ahead, 21-12. 
  • Gordon threatened in second quarter, putting up 25 points to Emerson's 17 as the visitors closed the half out trailing the Lions by one at 38-37. 
  • Emerson maintained a five point edge over Gordon into the midst of the second stanza before the Fighting Scots pulled to within one at 27-26 thanks to a triple from Brooke Dyson and squared the score at 32-all after a layup from Jenna Olson. 
  • The Lions put themselves on top by six at 38-32 with 2:38 left to play in the half, but the Fighting Scots once again erased the hosts lead as Sarah Gibbs nailed a pair at the charity stripe within the final minute as the half closed with Emerson ahead by one, 38-37.
  • The hosts outscored Gordon 29-18 within the third stanza to take the 67-55 advantage. 
  • Emerson maintained a steady six point lead over Gordon before senior Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) canned a pair of triples with 2:26 on the clock to kickstart the Lions for the next 13 consecutive points to extend its lead into double figures at 67-53. 
  • Emerson went 100% from beyond the arc within the fourth quarter, which was enough for the Lions to outscore Gordon, 23-17, and run away with the 90-71 win. 



  • Emerson embarks into Tip-Off Tournament action on Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19 and first welcomes Middlebury on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Gordon returns home to host the Gordon Classic on Friday and Saturday, November 17-18 and will meet Manhattanville on Friday at 7:00 p.m. followed by Elms on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.