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Women's Basketball Topped By Smith

Women's Basketball Topped By Smith


Score: Smith 68, Emerson 59

Records: Emerson Lions (10-7, 4-4 NEWMAC) ; Smith Pioneers (12-5, 6-3 NEWMAC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 

The Lead: Three members of the Emerson women's basketball team connected for 10+ points, including juniors Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) along with sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), as the Lions were upended in a 68-59 loss at Smith on Saturday afternoon. 


  • Clydesdale paced Emerson with 14 points to alongside seven boards, while Madden also chipped in 14 points and five rebounds and Boyle added 10 points with six rebounds. 
  • Katy McClellan banked an overall game-high 16 points for Smith and pulled down six rebounds, while Lauren Bondi recorded 14 points, four rebounds and a game-best four assists and Emma Seymour finished with 11 points off the bench. 
  • Emerson was 23-of-60 (38.3%) and connected with 6-of-18 from distance and Smith shot 24-of-52 (46.2%) on 5-of-11 (45.5%) from the perimeter. 
  • The Lions won the battle on the boards, 37-34.  



  • The opening frame saw five lead changes before Smith was able to end the quarter on a 6-2 run as Dashelle Glessiner converted a layup with eight seconds to spare to give the hosts a 17-11 lead. 
  • A triple from Madden followed by a trey from senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) knotted the game at 20-all with 6:48 on the clock. 
  • The teams traded off baskets for the remainder of the game as neither side held a lead larger than three points. 
  • A McClellan layup pushed Smith ahead by two (30-28) with 57 seconds left in the half as the Lions entered the break down by a pair. 
  • Emerson trailed by eight (45-37) on a jumper from Katelyn Pickunka, but were able to close within one (46-45) to wrap the third stanza. 
  • The Pioneers opened the fourth with a layup from Sydney Koh that kicked off a 5-0 stretch as the Lions found themselves down by its biggest deficit (54-45) with 6:26 in regulation. 
  • After sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) knocked down a three, Smith ballooned the game to a 12-point lead (60-48) on another floater from Seymour. 
  • Emerson tacked on 11 more points, but was not enough for Smith put up another eight points to hand the Lions a 68-59 setback.


  • Emerson returns to Brown & Plofker on Wednesday, January 23 to host Wheaton (Mass.) at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Smith takes a break from NEWMAC action to host Williams on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.