Score: Emerson 73, Wellesley 56
Records: Emerson Lions (4-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) ; Wellesley Blue (3-2, 0-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
The Lead: Junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) drained a career and game high 21 points to go along with five steals with three more Lions racking up double digits for the Emerson women's basketball team in the host's NEWMAC opening 73-56 win over the Wellesley Blue on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Clydesdale filled her stat line with a career best 21 points as she canned 8-of-12 from the floor and converted 3-of-5 attempts behind the perimeter to go along with a game high five steals.
- Junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led the reserves with 12 points with junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) contributing 11 and sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) adding an additional 10.
- Sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) pulled down nine rebounds as classmate Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) dished out seven assists and sent down two blocks.
- Caitlin Aguirre and Emily Kopp each registered double figures for Wellesley with Aguirre putting up 17 and Kopp coming in behind with 10.
- Aguirre also added two assists and three steals to her night as Caitrin Spottiswoode collected six boards while two more Blue registered two assists including Valentina Morakis and Spotttiswoode and Kendall You Mak tallying three takeaways.
- Emerson converted 26-of-45 from the floor (57.8%) on 11-of-19 from the perimeter (57.9%) and 10-of-13 on the charity stripe (76.9%).
- Wellesley finished the night shooting 38.6% (22-of-57) and registered 22.2% beyond the arc (2-of-9) while they tallied 62.5% on the free throw line (10-of-16).
- The Blue out rebounded the Lions (29-28) and were able to turn 28 Emerson turnovers into 24 points, while the Lions handed out 22 assists and saw its reserves put up 26 points to the Blues' 14.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A triple by Clydesdale set the Lions off in the first stanza to a five-point edge (7-2) at the 5:37 mark before Wellesley closed within one on Morakis' baby jumper (9-8).
- Another triple from Clydesdale and trey by Boyle bumped the lead to six (16-10) with 2:39 left in the quarter.
- The Lions missed its two final long range shot attempts as the Blue registered a pair of buckets from Kopp and Alyssa Cho as the hosts held onto a two point lead at quarter's end (16-14).
- Foultz drained a three to push Emerson to its biggest lead of the half at seven (21-14) as Wellesley inched back within four (28-24) on Kopp's trip to the free throw line at the 1:20 mark.
- With 49 ticks remaining in the second stanza, the Lions knocked down five points on Foultz's three and Boyle's buzzer beating trey as the Purple entered the half up nine (33-24).
- Wellesley began the third frame with a 6-2 stretch as the Blue moved back within five (35-30) only to see Emerson's next four shots fall through for seven points to extend its lead into double figures (42-30).
- Emerson kept Wellesley at a distance as a 9-0 spurt capped off by Foultz's deep three ballooned the Lions to its biggest lead of the game at 19 (51-32) at the 1:48 mark.
- Following Foultz's three, the Blue rattled off a 6-0 run to chisel the Lions' lead down to 13 within the final 1:17 with the score at 51-38 to wrap the third.
- Four quick points to open the fourth pushed Wellesley back to a single digit margin (51-43), but was short lived for Emerson answered with a trio of three's from Clydesdale, Foultz and Busch to bump the hosts back up into a double figure lead (60-43).
- Emerson narrowly outscored Wellesley with a 13-11 run in the final six minutes to wrap the fourth as the Lions sealed the victory on Madden's trip to the charity stripe.
- Emerson travels to WPI on Saturday, December 1 to open its NEWMAC road schedule with a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.
- Wellesley continues road play over at Mount Holyoke on Saturday as well at 1:00 p.m.
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