Score: MIT 54, Emerson 43
Records: Emerson Lions (8-6, 3-3 NEWMAC) ; MIT Engineers (11-3, 5-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Lead: Sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) cashed in a team-high 13 points for the Emerson women's basketball team in the Lions' 54-43 setback to the MIT Engineers on Thursday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Toner led the reserves and the team with 13 points followed by 11 points from sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) notched eight points.
- Junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) snagged a team-high seven boards followed by six from sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.).
- Kara Holinski finished with an overall game-high 18 points along with seven rebounds and three assists with Taylor V'Dovec joining with 13 points and a game-best eight rebounds.
- Jocelyn Luizzi filled up her stat line with 12 points, six rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals.
- Emerson ended the night with a field-goal percentage of 30.9% (17-55) while MIT shot 38.0%.
- The Lions held the 24-16 margin within the paint.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The second quarter began at an 11-all tie as each team exchanged scoring until a free throw by Christina Antonakakis lifted MIT to the 16-13 edge at the 7:33 mark.
- Toner banked the equalizing triple and helped set off a string of seven unanswered points by Emerson.
- Luizzi notched back-to-back buckets to push the Engineers ahead for good and ignited an 11-1 streak.
- Down 27-21 with 2:06 left in the half, S. Boyle countered with a layup and trip to the foul line to put the Lions within a pair (27-25) at halftime.
- The third quarter saw a defensive battle amongst both Emerson and MIT as each team combined for 18 points.
- Kylie Gallagher gave MIT some breathing room after a free throw only to have junior Quinn Madden's (Mokena, Ill.) trey narrow the gap at 28-27 with 6:31 to play in the third.
- MIT put themselves back up by six at 33-27 four minutes later, but an exchange of buckets moved the score to 37-33 at the end of the frame.
- Emerson remained close with the hosts as C. Boyle's trey trimmed the deficit to one (42-41) with 6:37 left in regulation.
- The Engineers answered on its next possession with a layup from V'Dovec followed by another jumper a minute later.
- C. Boyle quickly sank a layup midway through the frame, which counted as the Lions' final set of points as MIT ended the game on an 8-0 spurt.
- Emerson plays host to Mount Holyoke on Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m.
- MIT heads off to Springfield come Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
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