Score: Emerson 60, Wheaton (Mass.) 51
Records: Emerson Lions (11-7, 5-4 NEWMAC) ; Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons (8-10, 3-7 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Lead: Sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) cashed in a career-high 16 points for the Emerson women's basketball team as the Lions picked up a 60-51 NEWMAC victory over the Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Davey finished with a stat line of 16 points on 5-of-11 and 3-of-9 from the perimeter with senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) coming in behind with 14 points and junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) contributing 11.
- Junior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) was two points away from a double double with nine and pulled down 15 rebounds.
- Sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) forced a game high seven steals and handed out three assists with both Madden and sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) also contributing three assists.
- Mikayla Pucci anchored Wheaton with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with six rebounds while Ashley Hill added 10 points to lead the reserves and Abby Hamilton registered five assists and a pair of steals.
- Emerson completed the win shooting 31.7% on the hardwood and pulled down 47 rebounds while they benefited from 22 Wheaton turnovers.
- Wheaton shot 19-of-52 (36.5%) from the floor and pulled down 34 boards with 11 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After canning its first three shot attempts, including a jumper and three from Abby Hamilton, Wheaton quickly jumped ahead of Emerson with the score at 8-1 to begin the opening frame.
- A trey from C. Boyle followed by a mid range jumper by sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) put Emerson within five (12-7) at 5:47.
- Scoring ceased over the next several minutes before a triple from the top of the key by junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) sparked 7-1 spurt to give the Lions a 14-13 lead at the end of the quarter.
- Wheaton reclaimed a four point edge on a triple by Ashley Hill (20-16) at 6:58 until Madden canned a three 58 seconds later to pull Emerson back to within one (20-19) at the 6:00 mark.
- Over the next four minutes, the defenses on both sides went to work as scoring halted until 2:21 when Clydesdale sent up the go-ahead layup (21-20).
- Davey extended the Lions' lead back to three (23-20), but Wheaton answered with the frame's next five points to close the half out with the hosts down a pair (25-23).
- Emerson maintained a two point lead within the opening two minutes of the third before Wheaton pieced together a 10-3 run to give the visitors a seven point edge (37-30) just past the midway point of the frame at 4:24.
- Wheaton came up short on three shot attempts and allowed Emerson to answer with a 7-0 streak that was capped off by Davey hitting a trifecta, knotting the score at 37-all.
- The Lions spread a pair of Clydesdale layups through the remaining 1:06 of the third and allowed the Gray & Purple to take the 41-39 edge.
- After Hamilton put up a jumper to even the score 41-all, Davey banked a pair of triples in part of another 7-2 Lions' run as the lead stretched to six (47-41).
- Another scoring break in the midst of the fourth got broken up on a jumper from Madden that ensued with a layup from C. Boyle to give Emerson a double digit cushion (53-43).
- Wheaton was able to tack on eight more points within the remaining minutes of the frame as the Lions stepped to the charity line four times to seal the 60-51 win.
- Emerson takes to the road on Saturday, January 26 at Springfield starting at 1:00 p.m.
- Wheaton (Mass.) returns to its home hardwood on Saturday afternoon in a meeting with Clark at 1:00 p.m.
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