Score: Wellesley 43, Emerson 42
Records: Emerson Lions (5-3, 2-1 NEWMAC) ; Wellesley Blue (5-2, 2-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Towne Fieldhouse)
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The Lead: Junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) put up a team high 14 points from 4-of-5 attempts beyond the perimeter, but it was not enough for the Emerson women's basketball team to scrape up a win as the Lions saw its three-game win streak snapped in a narrow 43-42 loss to Wellesley on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Clydesdale, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 overall and 4-of-5 on the arc, also pulled down six boards along with one assist and two steals.
- Junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) followed with nine points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while both sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and senior Charlie Boyle each sent down three blocks.
- Along with her three blocks, S. Boyle also handed out a Lions best three assists.
- Wellesley's Alyssa Cho led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-11 and filled her stat line with nine boards, one assist and one block, while Caitlin Aguirre and Emily Kopp had three assists apiece and Valentina Morakis registered one block.
- Emerson finished the night shooting 26.8% (15-56) from the field with a 27.3% three-point percentage while they converted 6-of-12 (50%) on the charity line.
- Wellesley banked 17-of-46 attempts (37%) and made 33.3% of its triples with a free throw percentage of 85.7% (6-7).
- The Lions and Blue each pulled down 36 boards, while the Lions had 13 assists and benefitted from 26 Blue turnovers that turned into 15 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson was held to a mere three points in the opening frame as Wellesley rattled off an early 9-3 run to give the hosts a six-point edge going into the second quarter.
- The second quarter saw the Lions' offense pick up and shot 5-of-10 from the floor and converted 3-of-6 from downtown for 13 points, yet the Blue answered with 14 of their own to hold a seven point lead at the half.
- Senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) knocked down a triple to put the score at 21-16 with 32 seconds before halftime, but Cho canned a buzzer beating jumper with the score at 23-16.
- The Lions rallied in the third, opening the stanza on an 8-2 spurt that chiseled the Blue's lead down to one (25-24) at the 4:32 mark.
- Cho answered with another jumper within Wellesley's next possession to push the Blue ahead by three before Madden pulled the Lions back within one when sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) found her for a pair.
- Emerson stayed on Wellesley's tail and knotted the game for the first time at 29-all thanks to sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) drawing an and-one at the 36 second mark.
- Busch gave Emerson the lead (39-38) with 20 seconds to go, but Wellesley tacked on four of the final five to take the 33-30 lead into the fourth.
- The opening 8:10 of the fourth had both teams in three ties before the hosts were able to grab the edge, 41-39, thanks to a pair of shots at the line from Cho with 1:05 on the clock.
- Clydesdale banked a three, her fourth of the game, to pull the Lions ahead 42-41 at the 51 second mark only to have Cho drive to the bucket for the game winning layup.
- Emerson steps out of conference on Thursday, December 6 over at Lasell at 7:00 p.m.
- Wellesley stays in the NEWMAC on Saturday, December 8 to host Springfield at 1:00 p.m.
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