Overall: 4-8 (2-3 NEWMAC)
Scoreboard: Emerson 66, Wellesley 51 | January 3, 2018 | Wellesley, Mass.
Emerson 83, Smith 76 | January 6, 2018 | Boston, Mass.
Schedule: Tuesday, January 9 at Mount Holyoke*, South Hadley, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats
Saturday, January 13 at Springfield* (@ Western New England), Springfield, Mass., 1:00 p.m. | Live Stats | Video
BOSTON - The Emerson women's basketball team added a pair of victories to the win column this past week over conference foes, Wellesley and Smith, in its first week of 2018 action. The Lions look to carry their winning ways with a pair of NEWMAC road tilts, starting on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Holyoke and Springfield on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
STARTING OFF 2018 IN THE WIN COLUMN
- After Emerson locked up its pair of NEWMAC wins over Wellesley on Wednesday and Smith on Saturday, the Lions overall record moved to 4-8 with a conference record of 2-3.
- Emerson got revenge on Wellesley after the Blue topped them back on November 29 and earned a 66-51 win on the Blue's home court thanks to a team-best 15 points from senior Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) and double figures in points from three more Lions.
- Backed by 19 point efforts from both junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) and sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the Lions notched its second straight NEWMAC win over the visiting Smith Pioneers, 83-76.
LIONS IN THE NEWMAC
- Through 12 games, the Lions average 63.3 points per game (40.0 FG%) that includes a three-point percentage of 37.9%, 65.1% from the charity stripe and collect 34.3 rebounds per game along with 15.8 assists.
- With conference play underway, Emerson continues to have four players earn spots within the top 10 of their respective offensive and defensive categories.
- Averaging 13.9 points per game, Foultz lands in the second spot with her total of 167 points ranking tied for sixth.
- Freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) continues to display power on the defensive end as she ranks fifth in rebounds per game (7.4), seventh in total rebounds (89) and eighth with .8 blocks per game.
- Busch ranks eighth in field goal percentage, converting 47.5% of her shots from the hardwood, as well as averaging a NEWMAC sixth-best 3.6 assists per game, while Savino's strength beyond the arc at 45.7 ranks her fifth.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
- Mount Holyoke is still in search of its first win of its 2017-2018 campaign and hold a record of 0-11 with a conference record of 0-5.
- Most recently, the Lyons suffered its 11th loss of the season in a 103-22 setback against Babson on Saturday.
- The Lyons average 33.8 points per game, converting 26.9% of its shots, with a three-point percentage of 19.6, see 56.9% of its free throws fall through and also pull down an average of 29.0 rebounds per game and are credited with 4.5 assists.
- Katlyn Grover currently anchors the Mount Holyoke offense with 12.6 points per game with Kate Rawson leading the Lyons on the boards with 7.8 rebounds.
- Raquel Fitzpatrick averages 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals for the Lyons and Susan Percival blocks .5 shots per contest.
- In the last meeting between Emerson and Mount Holyoke, the Lions came away with the 75-62 victory over the hosts back on February 4, 2017.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
- Posting an overall record of 10-3, Springfield holds a NEWMAC record of 4-1 with its most recent win coming back on Saturday in a 70-53 triumph at Wellesley.
- Through the month of December, the Pride held an impressive record of 6-0 and are currently 6-1 overall when playing on its home court.
- Within 13 games, the Pride average 60.8 points per game (39.5 FG%), converting 30.3% of its shots from the three-point line and 69.4% from the charity stripe, as well as grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game and are credited with 16.2 assists.
- Springfield sits in the top spot with a conference best 16.2 assists per game and ranks second within the conference in field goal and three point percentage, as well as steals per game (10.4) and rebounds per game.
- Two players on Springfield average double figures in points, including Heather King and Gracie Restituyo with King putting up a team-best 10.5 and Restituyo following with 10.1.
- Restituyo also leads the Pride with a NEWMAC third-best 9.7 boards per game, while Alex Goslin averages 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game along with Allie Brennan.
- Emily Jacques wraps up the Springfield stat leaders with 1.1 blocks per contest.
- In the all-time series against Springfield, Emerson is still in search of its first win against the Pride at 0-4.
- The last meeting between the two came back on January 14, 2017 where the Pride topped the Lions, 74-61 at Springfield.
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