PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Clark University battled closely with Johnson & Wales before 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute helped the Wildcats secure a 57-52 non-conference victory at the Wildcat Center on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Wildcats 57, Cougars 52
Records: Clark University (2-4) | Johnson & Wales (3-1)
How it Happened
Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) logged a game-high 19 points while pulling down ten rebounds to pick up her third double-double of the year while Hallie Johnson (Princeton, Mass.) logged 13 points and 12 rebounds to provide support.
Sophomore Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Cougars, finishing with 10 points while draining 5-of-8 from the charity stripe.
The teams traded buckets in the opening five minutes of the game with a free throw from Favaloro with 4:54 to go in the frame cutting the early deficit, 6-5. From there, the Cougars went on a quick 6-0 scoring run, sparked by a three-pointer from Sifferlen, to gain an 11-6 lead.
The Cougars held onto a 13-12 lead at the end of the opening session but were unable to find the bottom of the cup for the first eight minutes of the second quarter as the Wildcats took control of a 21-13 lead over that time. Favaloro and Johnson each chipped in a lay-up in the closing minute of the half, cutting the Johnson & Wales lead to 25-20 heading into the break.
Clark University came out strong in the third quarter as a layup from Sifferlen and jumper from Favaloro capped off a 7-0 run to take possession of a 27-25 advantage. With a two-point deficit, the Cougars pulled even as Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.) knotted the score at 32-32 on a layup with the team holding a 40-39 lead at the end of the frame.
Johnson & Wales were stingy defensively to start the fourth quarter as the Cougars were unable to score over the opening six minutes of the frame. On the offensive end, the Wildcats took a 50-40 lead as Tiondra Hands contributed five points for the host during the span.
The Cougars pulled to within 52-47 on a layup from Johnson with 1:07 remaining, but the Wildcats went on to hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to preserve the win.
Clark University maintained a 45-39 advantage on the glass while forcing 23 turnovers on the defensive end of the court. The Cougars finished 15-of-20 from the free-throw line during the game.
The Cougars look to rebound on Tuesday, November 26 when the team heads to Anna Maria for a 4:00 pm non-conference matchup.