Freshmen Lead Cougars Past Coast Guard, 76-53
Worcester, Mass. – Clark freshman Emily Reilly (Marlboro, Mass.) scored a career-high 26 points and the host Cougars raced past visiting Coast Guard 76-53 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Reilly scored 16 of her points in the second half, including nine straight during a pivotal 19-5 run that turned a four point lead into an 18 point bulge as the Cougars took control of the game.
Clark, who led by as many as 19 points in the first before settling for a 35-20 lead at the half, saw its advantage whittled down to 48-44 midway through the second half. The Bears made their game-tightening run on the back of Larla Brown (Kingwood, Texas) and Kaitlin Ward (Saline, Mich.) as that duo pounded the boards converting several tough hoops inside.
In the end however, it was Reilly and classmate Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.), who pushed the Cougars to the finish line. Clark, which shot a season-best 50.8 percent from the floor, had 21 assists attached to their 31 baskets.
Coast Guard controlled the glass, outrebounding the Cougars 55-30, which led to their 22-2 edge in second chance points.
The Bears were paced by Brown, who finished with 18 points, and six rebounds. Ward tacked on 15 points and 11 rebounds and Karli Collins (Delavan, Wis.) posted a double-double of her own with 14 points and 12 boards.
In addition to her 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting, Reilly had a career-high six steals. Condon meanwhile recorded her first career double-double with 12 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Kelsey Giedymin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) chipped in nine points for the Cougars, who also got six points, two rebounds, three assists and three blocks from Megan Grondin (Cumberland, Maine).
The win for Clark gives them back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly two seasons and improves their record to 4-9 overall and 3-3 in league play.
Coast Guard, meanwhile, drops their seventh straight contest to fall to 2-9 and 0-6 in conference play.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday with the Cougars heading to Smith and the Bears on the road at Springfield.