TIP OFF TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONSHIP
Score: Mass. - Boston 66, Emerson 61
Records: Emerson Lions (2-2) ; Mass.-Boston Beacons (4-0)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
The Lead: The sister duo of senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) registered double doubles for the Emerson women's basketball team as the Lions saw its comeback fall short in a 66-61 setback in the Tip-Off Tournament finals to Mass.-Boston on Sunday afternoon.
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
KEUKA COLLEGE - Jariah Jackson
MASS.- BOSTON - Joie Grassi & Geena Williams
Jalani Jackson, Mass. - Boston.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- S. Boyle and C. Boyle each put up double doubles with S. Boyle leading the pack with 15 points and 11 boards along with two blocks, while C. Boyle followed with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Toner rounded out the leading Emerson scorers with 14 points as junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) handed out three assists and both senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) and junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) had two takeaways apiece.
- Jackson powered out a game high 20 points to go along with four assists and two steals for Mass. - Boston on 6-of-7 from the field, and a perfect 4-for-4 from both the perimeter and free throw line.
- Grassi followed with 15 points and pulled down eight boards, while Meg Dixon collected eight off the glass and four Beacons had one steal.
- Emerson finished with a field goal percentage of 41.7% (20-48) and converted 5-of-20 beyond the arc (25.0%) and 16-of-26 from the free throw stripe.
- Mass. - Boston converted 44.2% from the floor (23-52), buried 9-of-13 attempts from downtown (69.2%) and were 73.3% on the charity line (11-15).
- The Lions outdid the Beacons on the glass with 34 rebounds to the visitors 30, while the Beacons handed out 12 assists to the Lions 11.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A jumper from Maya Thompson put Emerson in early 8-1 hole within the opening two minutes of the first quarter at the 8:23 mark before the Lions began to make their way back into the game.
- C. Boyle put up a layup to start off an 10-0 run by the Lions that pushed them in front by three (11-8) with 3:19 left in the frame.
- Mass.-Boston used the remaining 2:07 to go back on top by four on a bucket from Whitney Fulton with the Beacons up by four (15-11) at quarter's end.
- Emerson inched back within one on S. Boyle's triple (15-14) to begin the second before Mass.-Boston set off on a 9-0 spurt on three long range shots to up its lead into double digits (24-14).
- Sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) sent up a layup to get Emerson's offense going just enough to get back within single digits at four (25-21) after Toner drained a triple and entered the half down six (27-21).
- Emerson kept within single digits of Mass. - Boston through the first minute and a half of the third before the Beacons used Grassi's layup to bump its advantage into double digits yet again (35-25).
- A double figure deficit did not phase Emerson for the Boyle sisters diminished the Beacons' lead with the next eight points, putting the Lions within a pair at 35-33.
- Toner's triple at 4:02 kept Emerson within striking distance at three (39-36) before pulling back within a pair (42-40) before they saw themselves down six entering the final 10 minutes.
- The Beacons gained its largest lead of 11 at 6:45 of the fourth after Fulton buried a shot from downtown (55-44), but the Lions kept chipping away as they eventually creeped within two yet again on Davey's successful trip to the charity stripe (57-55).
- Toner sent up a layup at 2:18 to draw the and-one on a Beacons' foul in the post as the Lions kept within a single point over the next two minutes at 62-61.
- Down one with 54 seconds in regulation, Emerson's comeback was cut short as Jackson went a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line to give the Beacons the win.
- Emerson stays on its home hardwood with its last game before the holiday on Tuesday, November 20 against Wentworth at 7:00 p.m.
- Mass.-Boston begins LEC play come Wednesday, November 21 up at Keene State at 5:30 p.m.
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