2012 NEWMAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL
No. 6 WPI (10-15) at No. 3 Clark (16-9)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Kneller Athletic Center
Fresh off of their best regular season since the 2005-06 campaign, Clark University plays host to archrival WPI in a NEWMAC Quarterfinal game - their second consecutive season with a postseason appearance.
2011-12 has been a program revitalization without question for the Cougars. The 16 wins Clark has entering tonight's game is more than the total number of wins (14) they had in the previous two seasons.
Senior Kate Minister (Manchester, England) has continued to climb the statistical ladder for three-pointers made in a Clark career. In a win over Wheaton back on February 11, she moved ahead of Michele Maxwell for fourth on the all-time list. She enter's tonight's game with 175 made triples. All-American Meegan Garrity is the program's all-time leader with 368 - a total that ranks second in NCAA history.
Park Ave. Positioning
Since a 77-45 loss to WPI back on December 4, 2010, the Cougars have reeled off three straight over the Engineers, including a regular season series sweep this season. In their last matchup, a 57-53 win for Clark, Megan Grondin (Cumberland, Maine) pumped in 20 points and grabbed five boards as the Cougars won at Harrington Auditorium.
Fear The Kneller
Clark is an impressive 9-2 overall in 11 games played at the Kneller Athletic Center this season. Included in that mark is a 7-2 edge against conference foes. One Cougar who loves the friendly confines of the Kneller is Emily Reilly (Marlboro, Mass.). She is averaging 15 points per game at home and is shooting a sizzling 60 percent from behind the arc (12-for-20).
The Cougars enter tonight's contest ranked eighth in the nation in free throw percentage (75.9). They have 11 games where they have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe.
Speaking of free throw shooting, sophomore Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) not only leads the NEWMAC in charity stripe accuracy, but ranks 30th in the nation at 85.6 percent.
Three For The Road
Tonight's matchup will be the third all-time matchup between the Engineers and Cougars in NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal play. Back in 1998-99, Marissa Garrity scored 24 points to lead the top-seeded Cougars to a 72-43 win. Then in 2000-01, No. 4 Clark again came out on top this time, 69-51 behind 18 points from Emily Morgan.
First Half Frenzy
In the Cougars 16 wins this season, they have outscored their opponents, 519-373 in the first half.
Clark ranks second in the league in rebounds per game (39.0) - but ranks dead last in offensive rebounds per game (9.4).
What A Season
Junior Kelsey Giedymin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) is enjoying the best season of her career. She has set career highs in points per game (7.3), rebounds per game (5.2), three-pointers made (26), total blocks (11) and steals (12). Her three-point percentage (37.15) ranks third in the NEWMAC, while her overall field goal percentage (45.8) is fifth-best in the league.