Lyons Roar to Victory Over Cougars

Lyons Roar to Victory Over Cougars

THE BASICS

-Score: Wheaton College 73, Clark University 59

-Records: Clark University (4-3, NEWMAC 0-2), Wheaton College (4-2, NEWMAC 1-1)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team fell to the visiting Lyons of Wheaton College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWAMAC) battle on Wednesday evening. Sophomore Natalie Wind (New Canaan, Conn.) put up 20 points for Wheaton while Clark freshman, Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) matched her for the game high 20 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

-The Cougars started scoring with a jumper from senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) just 40 seconds into play.

-The Lyons responded with a 5-0 run to take a quick 13-1 lead and forced Clark to call their first timeout with 5:02 on the clock (13-2).

-The Cougar defense was able to hold off Wheaton on their next possession and Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) ended the visitor's run with a pair of free throws at the 4:27 mark (13-4).

-Senior Rebecca Olivieri (Milton, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer to give the visitors a 16-4 advantage and Ezemma threw down a layup to close the gap to 16-6 with 3:10 to play in the first quarter.

-Wheaton finished the quarter with a pair of free-throws from freshman Mikayla Pucci (Hopkinton, Mass.) and a three-pointer from sophomore Chelsea Rairdon (Westbrook, Maine) to give them a 14 point lead heading into the second quarter (21-7).

Second Quarter

-The Cougars started the second quarter hot with a 4-0 run including six points from Ezemma from a three, a layup and a foul shot to cut Wheaton's lead to 21-14 with 6:07 on the clock.    

-Junior Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) added four points from back-to-back jumpers and added three more points at the 2:04 mark to cut the Lyon's lead to ten (33-23).

-Wheaton added seven more points with under two minutes to play. Wind knocked down three free-throws while Olivieri added another three-pointer and Lexi L'Heureux-Carland (Bridgton, Maine) knocked down a free-throw for the 40-24 advantage.

-Ezemma brought her second quarter scoring total to eight points with a layup at the buzzer. The Lyons took the 40-26 lead heading into the halftime break.

Third Quarter

-Ezemma continued her streak with a layup just 30 seconds into the third quarter (40-28).

-Rairdon responded for the Lyons with a layup at the 8:29 mark and Pucci knocked down a pair of free-throws to put the visitors ahead 44-28.

-With under two minutes to play in the third freshman Casey Kaplan came off the bench to knock down a three-pointer for the Lyons. Freshman Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) went up strong for a good layup with 1:29 on the clock and cut the Lyon's lead to 55-34.

-Maria Matrango posted two layups to close out the third and gave Wheaton a 59-36 lead heading into the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter

-Clark started scoring again with five points from a Wilder layup and a three-pointer from Miranda to cut Wheaton's lead down to 18 with 8:24 to play.

-Miranda added two more at the 7:22 mark and knocked down two free-throws and back-to-back three-pointers with 1:18 to play to bring the Cougars within 14 (73-59).

-The Lyons took the ultimate 73-59 NEWMAC victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Wind led the Lyons with 20 points while Olivieri added 14 to lead the visitors to victory.

-Ezemma posted a double-double for Clark with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Miranda added a season high 20 points in the setback.

-Wheaton shot 42.1% from field goal range while the Cougars shot 28.6%. The visitors were 55.6% from beyond the arc and 66.7% from the free-throw line. Clark shot 70% from the free-throw line going 14-for-20.

-Clark outrebounded Wheaton 45-44 and forced the visitors to turn the ball over 18 times while they only turned the ball over 14 times. The Cougars converted 16 points off of those turnovers.

-Wheaton's bench exploded for a total of 29 points on the night.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Nichols College on Saturday, December 9 at 12:00 p.m. in non-conference action at the Kneller Athletic Center.

-Wheaton is back in action on Thursday, December 7 when they host Roger Williams at 7:00 p.m.