Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Mount Holyoke erased a 14-point halftime lead behind reserve guard Christine Clancy (Bay Harbor Island, Fla.) and held Clark to 27 percent shooting in the second half to snap a four game losing streak with a hard fought 60-57 win over the Cougars on Thursday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center.
Clancy, who didn't play at all in the first-half, scored all of her team-high 13 points in the final 20 minutes as the Lyons extended their winning streak over Clark to three games.
In addition to Clancy's performance, Mount Holyoke controlled the boards, 49-34 – including a 26-14 edge in the second half alone.
Things started to swing in favor of the Lyons almost immediately after the second half got underway as Emillie Methot (South Hadley, Mass.) dropped in a triple to get the Lyons within 11. After a pair of Clark free throws, Clancy sparked an 8-0 run with a pair of baskets and an assist on another to help get Mount Holyoke to within 38-33 with a little more than 16 minutes left.
Clark built the lead back to nine at the 15 minute mark but the Lyons stormed back with a 9-2 run capped by Annabel Barrett (Williamstown, Mass.) three ball, making the score 44-42.
The Cougars kept Mount Holyoke at bay over the next couple of minutes until another 9-2 run that featured six points from Clancy including a shot-clock beating wing three-pointer that gave the Lyons a 55-51 lead at the 2:25 mark.
Clark scored four of the next six points to inch closer at 57-55 and then had a chance to take the lead on their next possession but Kate Minister (Manchester, England) came up short on a triple and Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) couldn't get her follow attempt to drop either.
A made free throw by Mount Holyoke was then followed by a missed Emily Reilly (Marlboro, Mass.) jumper and the Lyons secured the win with a pair of Jasmine Brown (Enfield, Conn.) free throws with eight seconds left.
The game started out in fine fashion for the Cougars as they raced out to a 17-5 lead less than ten minutes into the contest on the strength of some hot shooting from Condon and Minister. The lead grew to its peak at 14 as Megan Grondin (Cumberland, Maine) had six points in the final five minutes of the half to keep momentum in the Cougars favor.
For the game, Clark shot 36 percent from the field and again struggled from behind the arc, connecting on just 4-of-17 attempts.
After shooting just 30 percent in the opening 20 minutes, the Lyons went 14-for-27 (52 percent) in the final stanza to finish at 40 percent for the game.
In addition to Clancy, Brown added 12 points of the bench and Angelica Pascual (Lawrence, Mass.) added 10 points and seven rebounds. Trisha Chase (Feeding Hills, Mass.) added seven points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the victors who improve to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in NEWMAC play.
Clark, meanwhile, was paced by Grondin, who totaled a career-high 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting before fouling out. Minister added 13 points, while Kelsey Giedymin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) record seven points and seven rebounds.
The Cougars, now 2-6 and 1-3 in conference action return to the hardwood on Saturday for their final contest of the semester against Salem State. The Lyons are off until next Tuesday when they return to Worcester for a meeting with Worcester State.