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Weekly Preview: It's All NEWMAC For Women's Basketball

Weekly Preview: It's All NEWMAC For Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball vs. Wheaton (Mass.)* 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

Boston, Mass. | Brown & Plofker Gym 

5:30 p.m. 

Live Stats | Video 

 

Women's Basketball at Springfield* 

Saturday, January 26, 2019 

Springfield, Mass. | Blake Arena

1:00 p.m. 

Live Stats


A LOOK BACK ON THE WEEK 

  • Emerson finished last week going 1-1 within a pair of contests against Fisher and Smith to move its overall record to 10-7  and 4-4 versus NEWMAC opponents. 
  • Sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) sparked for a season-high 22 points in its final non-conference matchup against Fisher in a narrow 58-52 win over the Falcons on Wednesday night.
  • The Lions got back into conference action last Saturday in a rematch at Smith where the visitors slipped up in a 69-58 setback to the Pioneers. 


HOME SWEET HOME 

  • Emerson has taken full advantage of playing on its home court at Brown & Plofker and currently hold a record of 7-2. 


SAM BOYLE NAMED LION OF THE WEEK

  • For the week of competition ranging from January 14-21, S. Boyle was give the Lion of the Week accolade for the second time this season. 
  • Shooting 54.5% through two games, the sophomore racked up a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds through the Lions' pair of contests last week.
  • Boyle's season-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting helped the home team nudge past Fisher last Wednesday night. 


REPRESENTING IN THE NEWMAC 

  • Six Lions, including seniors Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) and Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England), juniors Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) and sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.), still hold strong in top-10 positions within their respective NEWMAC categories. 
  • C. Boyle comes in eighth in points per game at 12.9 while shooting a conference-best 58.0% from the hardwood with sister S. Boyle following in eighth at 48.0%. 
  • Emerson continues to be a power on the perimeter as the Lions boast four players shooting 35.0% or better with Clydesdale in third (44.2%) followed by S. Boyle in fourth (43.6%), Busch in the sixth spot (39.6%) and Toner rounding out the three-point leaders in ninth (36.4%). 
  • Both Boyle's take the seventh and eighth slots, respectively, in shooting free throws with C. Boyle at 74.2% and S. Boyle at 73.5%. 
  • On the defensive side of the ball, S. Boyle sends down 1.0 blocks per game (7th) while Clydesdale registers 1.7 steals (t-9th) and Madden dishes out 2.9 assists per game (9th). 


SCOUTING THE LYONS 

  • Wheaton enters its first and only meeting with Emerson with a record of 8-9 and 3-6 in the NEWMAC after picking up two straight wins this past week, including a 76-41 victory over Coast Guard. 
  • Through 17 contests, the Lyons average 62.9 points per game shooting 39.3% to go along with a three-point percentage of 28.0% and free-throw percentage of 70.3%. 
  • Wheaton's 2017-2018 season saw the Lyons finished 7-18 and 2-14 in conference play, two of which included losses to Emerson on January 24, 2018 and February 14, 2018. 
  • Mikayla Pucci anchors Wheaton's shooting averaging 14.7 points per contest to match a 49.0% field goal percentage and 70.1% at the free-throw line while Natalie Wind commands the arc shooting 29.8%.
  • Hannah Peterson sends down .7 blocks a game and Abby Hamilton registers 1.0 steals as Sadie Shore pulls down an average of 5.7 rebounds. 


SCOUTING THE PRIDE 

  • Springfield finished last week splitting its two contests with a win over WPI before falling to Babson as its overall record stands at 12-6 and 8-1 in NEWMAC play after a 75-22 win over Mount Holyoke on Tuesday night. 
  • Within 18 games, the Pride shoot 41.1% from the field to average 63.6 points per game while canning 30.8% beyond the arc and 70.4% on the charity stripe. 
  • The Pride's 2017-18 campaign ended in a 69-63 setback to Wm. Peterson in the ECAC Championship Semifinal round as its season ended at 20-9 overall and 12-4 in conference action. 
  • Two of Springfield's 2017-18 conference victories consisted of a season sweep versus Emerson with a pair of wins in January 2018. 
  • Since joining the NEWMAC in the 2013-2014 season, Emerson has yet to top Springfield. 
  • Springfield boasts three players who average 10+ points per game and are led by Alex Goslin at 12.9 followed by Gracie Restituyo (11.7) and Emily Jacques (11.4). 
  • Goslin completes her stat line with a Pride-high 49.1% shooting percentage and 40.5% at the perimeter while handing out 3.3 assists and registering 2.2 steals. 
  • Restituyo protects the glass with 8.6 rebounds pulled down while Jacques averages 1.0 blocks and Chelsea McAllister cans 84.8% at the free throw stripe.


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