-Score: Clark University 70, Regis College 65
-Records: Clark University (4-7), Regis College (1-7)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team secured a victory over the Pride of Regis College in the first game of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic on Saturday afternoon. Clark was led by senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) with 17 points and senior Ogechi Ezemma's (Mount Hope, R.I.) 14 points and 14 rebounds. O'Gara sank her 1,000th career points in the game as she became the 21st player in Clark University Women's Basketball history to hit this milestone.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Pride of Regis college took an early lead at the six-minute mark when senior Sam D'Angelo (Woburn Mass.) scored back to back layups and hit a free throw to put the pride up 15-10. After a layup by Regis freshman Arie Searcy (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Clark's O'Gara was able to score for the Cougars to bring them to bring them back within five with just over two minutes the play (17-12). Clark was able to close the gap to three after a jump shot from sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and a layup from freshman Julia Beebe (Andover, Conn.) (19-16). Regis capped of the first quarter battle with two made free-throws from junior Valerie Martin (Derry, N.H.) to bring the lead back up to five (21-16).
-The second quarter started off with an exchange of three pointers from Clark's Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) and Regis' Martin. Regis saw their largest lead of the game with 7:22 left in the second quarter when sophomore Nikki Bitnaitis (Cromwell, Conn.) made a jump shot to put the Pride up by eight (29-21). Clark battled back after a couple of made free throws from O'Gara, O'Gara netted a jump shot that sent her into the record books for 1000 career points. A layup from freshman Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) tied the game at 32, but back to back buckets from Regis gave the Pride a 36-34 lead going into halftime.
-After the break, Clark was able to go on five-point run to regain the lead after a three pointer from Ezemma and a layup from Favaloro (39-36). With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Ezemma and Sifferlen made back to back layups to give Clark a six-point lead (50-44). Regis responded with a couple lay ups and free throws from both Sercy and D'Angelo to take the lead 51-50 just before the one-minute mark.
-Clark began the final quarter with scoring six straight points off of layups from O'Gara, Ezemma, and Favaloro to retake the lead 57-55. Clark's Legare was able to knock down a jump shot with just over five minutes left to play to extend the lead by four (59-55). Regis battled back with three straight buckets by Bitnaitis and junior Katryna Veasy (Quincy, Mass.) to regain the lead with just over three minutes to play (61-59). After a three-pointer and a layup was made by senior Maya Kerstetter (North Hampton, Mass.) and a jumper made by Favaloro, Clark was able to take a five-point lead with two minutes remaining in the game (66-61). Regis was able to bring the game back within one, but Clark was able to secure the win after a pair of made free throws from both O'Gara and Sifferlen (70-65).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-O'Gara lead Clark in scoring with 17 points, while Ezemma chipped in 14 points and a team high 14 rebounds.
-D'Angelo lead all scorers with 23 off of the bench for the Pride. Martin also chipped in 14 points in the loss.
-Clark shot 40% from the field while Regis shot 35%. The pride shot 4-15 from behind the arc, while the Cougars shot 3-6.
-Clark forced Regis to make 21 turnovers, converting those turnovers into 20 points. Clark turned the ball over 19 times, and Regis was able to score 18 points off of those turnovers.
-Clark and Regis are both back at the Kneller Athletic Center tomorrow, Sunday, December 30th for the second day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic. Clark takes on Framingham State at 12:00 p.m while Regis faces Wellesley College at 2:00 p.m.