NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: No. 6 Clark at No. 3 Springfield

NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: No. 6 Clark at No. 3 Springfield

Worcester, Mass.—The Clark University women's basketball team finished the regular season with an 11-14 record and a 7-9 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record to earn themselves the 6th seed in the post-season tournament. They will play at Springfield College in the Quarterfinals on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) leads the Cougars this season with 267 points (12.1 points per game) and ranks third in the NEWMAC in rebounds per game with 10.3. Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) is second on the leader board for Clark in scoring with 281 points (11.2 per game) and ranks fifth in the conference in rebounds per game, averaging 9.9. Favaloro earned two NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week awards this season while Ezemma was once named NEWMAC Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week.

The Pride finished the regular season with a 16-9 overall record and a 12-4 record in NEWMAC contests.

Junior Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) leads Springfield offensively, averaging 12.1 points per game. Senior Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) averages 12 points per game and leads the Pride in rebounding, grabbing an average of 9.8 per game.

As a team the Pride average 62.9 points per game while shooting 39.9% from the field. They also average 40.2 rebounds per game. Clark finished the regular season averaging 61.6 points per game while shooting 34.1% from the field, and grabbing 44 rebounds per game.

The two teams met for the first time just this weekend when the Pride came away with a 10-point victory over the Cougars in Springfield on Saturday. Favaloro finished with a game-leading 21 points for the Cougars and added 15 rebounds en route to her 10th double-double of the season. Ezemma also finished the game with a double-double for Clark with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Goslin led Springfield in scoring with 13 points and added five steals in the victory. Restituyo finished with a double-double of 11 points and a game-leading 17 rebounds. The game saw a total of three ties and four lead changes.

Following a record of 14-2 in league play, Babson (20-4, 14-2) secured the top seed and a quarterfinal bye by earning the regular season title. Smith (20-5, 13-3) claimed the No. 2 spot and hosting rights to a quarterfinal contest on Tuesday, February 19th. In a head to head tie break, Springfield (16-9, 12-4) earned the No. 3 seed, followed by MIT (18-7, 12-4) at the No. 4 seed with both teams hosting a quarterfinal game. Joining the field in the next two slots are No. 5 Emerson (17-8, 11-5) and No. 6 Clark (11-14, 7-9). After NEWMAC tie breaking procedures were applied, Wellesley (8-14, 5-11) earned the final spot as the No. 7 seed.

The Pioneers will host the Blue on Tuesday, while the Cougars will travel to the Pride and the Lions will head across town to the Engineers. The top-seeded Beavers will host a semifinal matchup with the winner of the game between the No. 5 Emerson and No. 4 MIT, while the winner of No. 6 Clark and No. 3 Springfield will take on the winner of No. 2 Smith and No. 7 Wellesley on Thursday, February 21st at the highest remaining seeds.

The winners of the each semifinal game will meet in the final game on Saturday, February 23rd at the site of the highest remaining seed.

2019 NEWMAC Women's Basketball Championship

Quarterfinals: Tuesday, February 19th (at highest seeds)

No. 7 Wellesley at No. 2 Smith – 7:00 p.m.

No. 6 Clark at No. 3 Springfield – 7:00 p.m.

No. 5 Emerson at No. 4 MIT – 7:00 p.m.

Semifinals: Thursday, February 21st (at highest remaining seeds)

Winner No. 4/5 at No. 1 Babson  – 7:00 p.m.

Winner No.3/No. 6 vs. Winner No. 2/7 – 7:00 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, February 23rd (at highest remaining seed)

Semifinal Winners – 1:00 p.m.