Score: Middlebury 80, Emerson 55
Records: Emerson Lions (1-1) ; Middlebury Panthers (1-0)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
The Lead: Sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) canned a career-best 16 points in the Emerson women's basketball team's 80-55 setback at the hands of the Middlebury Panthers to start off Tip Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon in non conference women's basketball action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Foultz led all scorers with 16 points and finished 6-for-9 from the hardwood as she canned four of six shots from beyond the arc, while junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) contributed 13 points.
- Junior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) collected six rebounds and had a pair of blocks and sophomore Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) had a team-best five assists.
- Middlebury had four players tally double figures in points, including Sarah Kaufmann leading the way with 12 points, followed by Lily Kuntz and Sabrina Weeks each putting up 11 and Colleen Caveney with 10 points.
- Alex Huffman collected seven boards and five assists, while Vanessa Young had a game-best five steals.
- Emerson went 18-for-52 on the floor (34.6%), canned 12 of 19 shots from the charity line (63.3%) and went 7-for-22 beyond the arc (31.8%).
- Middlebury finished 33-for-64 from the field (51.6%), going 9-for-21 from the three-point line (42.9%) and made 5-of-8 shots on the charity stripe (62.5%).
- The Panthers beat the Lions on the glass (41-26) and held the edge in the paint (42-18), second chance points (42-18) and bench points (38-16).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Coming off the bench for Middlebury, Weeks canned seven points in a first quarter that saw the Panthers put up 23 points and hold a 23-14 lead.
- Middlebury kept Emerson off the board through the first five minutes of the stanza and held a 10-0 before Busch put up a layup for the Lions first pair of points.
- Emerson found themselves in double digit deficits through much of the quarter despite being able to close the gap to within eight on several occasions.
- The visitors stretched its led to 12 at 23-11 in the final seconds of the first after a triple by Weeks before Foultz answered with a three of her own to put the score at 23-14.
- Middlebury dominated the second frame, shooting 52.9% from the field, and outscored Emerson 19-5 to stretch its lead to 42-19.
- The closest the Lions cut within the Panthers lead was 14 at the 5:55 mark of the second frame, yet the Panthers were able keep the Lions offense at bay and go on a 10-0 streak with the score at 42-18.
- Emerson gained ground on Middlebury within the third frame, outscoring the Panthers 18-11, to put the score at 53-37.
- The Panthers ballooned its lead to 25, its biggest of the half at the time, at 53-28 with 2:58 to play in the third.
- Within the remaining 2:58 of the third, Savino canned seven of Emerson's next seven points and cut Middlebury's lead down to 16 as the quarter closed with the Panthers ahead, 53-37.
- Emerson used the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to put themselves within 16 at 57-41 after Boyle had both her shots from the charity stripe fall in.
- Foultz canned her second triple over the span of little over a minute to keep Emerson within distance at 17 at 66-49 with 4:41 to play.
- The Panthers answered and stretched their advantage back to 22 on a trey from Betsy Knox with score now at 71-49.
- Rachel Collins registered a triple with 23 ticks on the clock to move the score to 8-54 as Middlebury held Emerson to eight points and handed the hosts a 80-55 setback.
- Emerson wraps up tournament play tomorrow, Sunday, November 19 in an early 11:00 a.m. contest against Ave Maria.
- Middlebury faces off against Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) in a 1:00 p.m. on Sunday to close out tournament action.
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