Score: Emerson 64, WPI 37
Records: Emerson Lions (5-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) ; WPI Engineers (4-3, 0-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Harrington Auditorium)
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Lead: Sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) notched an overall game high 13 points and junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) contributed 11 in the Emerson women's basketball team's 64-37 road NEWMAC triumph over host WPI on Saturday afternoon to extend its winning streak to three consecutive games. The Lions move to 2-0 in conference play for the second time in program history since joining the NEWMAC in 2013-2014.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Boyle led all scorers with 13 points on a 5-for-10 day as she shot 3-of-4 from the free throw line and three boards, one assist, steal and a block.
- Clydesdale canned 11 on 4-for-5 from the floor with an additional team high eight rebounds, one steal and assist as junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) caused two WPI turnovers.
- Junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) each handed out three assists.
- Spencer Vinson amassed 10 points and eight rebounds for WPI and Victoria Mirecki finished with five boards and six points.
- Emerson shot 43.6% (24-55) in the win and pulled down 34 boards to WPI's 29 while dishing out 15 assists on top of turning 22 Engineers turnovers into 27 points.
- WPI converted 32.6% from the floor (14-43) and benefitted from 13 Lions turnovers as its bench drained 22 points to Emerson's 17.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first quarter featured a pair of lead changes along with a tie with 3:56 left to play in the frame.
- Maddie Blake knotted the score early and was followed by a triple from Mirecki to give WPI a 5-4 edge only to have Emerson quickly respond by taking the lead for good on Clydesdale's jumper.
- Over the next 9:18, Emerson created a 14-point gap that was highlighted by a 7-0 spurt with four points from sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) and a three by senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England).
- WPI chiseled down the lead to 12 on two occasions before a late long range shot by McKenna Finken closed out the opening half with Emerson ahead by 11 at 31-20.
- Emerson rattled off a 20-8 third quarter that was fueled by seven points from senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.).
- With under 4:37 on the clock of the third, WPI pieced a 7-0 burst together concluded by a free throw by Jordan Wynn to get the Engineers within 18.
- Emerson trek back to Wellesley in a rematch on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
- WPI travels to MIT in a 7:00 p.m. rematch of last season's NEWMAC final on Wednesday as well.
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