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Weekly Preview: Women's Basketball Eyes Start Of 2018-2019 Campaign

Weekly Preview: Women's Basketball Eyes Start Of 2018-2019 Campaign

Women's Basketball at Gordon 

Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Wenham, Mass. | Bennett Center 

7:00 p.m. 

Live Stats | Video 


A PEEK BACK AT 2017-18 

  • Emerson's 2017-18 season saw the Lions makes its first trip to the postseason since 2015 as the No. 6 seed before they were downed by No. 3 Babson in the quarterfinal round for an overall record of 11-15 and 8-8 in the NEWMAC. 
  • As a whole, the Lions converted 65.8 points per game with a field goal percentage of 40.8 to go along with a 62.3 free throw percentage, 16.6 assists and put in 36.6% of its shots on the perimeter, a stat that ranked 12th nationally amongst all Division III schools. 


  • Stellar performances by senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) earned both NEWMAC recognition with Boyle earning Second Team All-Conference nods and Clydesdale representing the Lions on the All-Sportsmanship team. 
  • The women's basketball team also saw seven players be named to the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Academic All-Conference team including Boyle, junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) and junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.). 
  • For the second consecutive second, Emerson was honored by the Woman's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) as the number one overall team in Division III in GPA with a cumulative 3.71 GPA. 



  • For the upcoming 2018-2019 season, head coach Bill Gould has selected both Boyle and Madden as his team captains. 
  • Boyle is coming off of a 2017-2018 season that saw her garner NEWMAC Women's Basketball Second Team All-Conference nods and ranked within the top 10 in both offensive and defensive NEWMAc categories. 
  • Madden paced both Emerson and the NEWMAC beyond the arc and converted 47.3% of her shots on the perimeter. 



  • The Lions roster is made up of 11 players consisting of eight returners and three new additions including freshmen Julia Mallon (Katonah, N.Y.) and Katie Beckmann (Sarasota, Fla.) and sophomore transfer Maria Draper (Laconia, N.H.). 
  • The Purple returns three of its leading scorers in Madden, Busch and Boyle and its top glass protector in sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.). 
  • Both Madden and Busch heavily contributed to the Lions' 12th nationally ranked three-point shooting stat as the two ranked in the top-5 of the NEWMAC with Madden in first and Busch following in fourth at 41.7%. 
  • Charlie Boyle returns this season as the leader in field goal percentage (49.3%) and paced Emerson on the charity stripe (73.1%) along with a NEWMAC second best 1.4 blocks per contest.
  • Sam Boyle pulled down a team leading 6.5 boards per game to go along with her .8 blocks.



  • Picked to finish seventh in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Fighting Scots of Gordon finished its 2017-18 campaign at 8-18 and 6-12 in the conference. 
  • Gordon closed out last season with a trip to the CCC Tournament only to be ousted in the first round by No. 2 Roger Williams. 
  • Four of Gordon's top scorers are slated to return for this upcoming season including Megan Foley (16.2 points per game), Sarah Gibbs (8.0), Jess Ryan (6.6) and Brooke Dyson (6.5). 
  • Emerson currently holds a 2-0 all-time series lead over Gordon having won its last two meetings by a double figure score margin. 
  • The last meeting between the Lions and Fighting Scots dates back to last season's season opener on November 15, 2017 where the Purple cruised to a 90-71 victory.