PAXTON, Mass. – Sophomores Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.) and Hallie Johnson (Princeton, Mass.) each posted career-highs with 24 and 18 points respectively to lead Clark University to a 71-64 non-conference victory against Anna Maria on Tuesday night.
Score: Cougars 71, Amcats, 64
Records: Clark University (3-4) | Anna Maria (3-4)
How it Happened
Benbow continued her strong play to start the 2019-20 season as the guard raised her career-high for the second time this year with a 9-for-13 shooting display leading to 24 points on Tuesday. Johnson, playing her first collegiate season, tallied ten or more points for the sixth consecutive contest with 18 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) picked up her fifth game this season of ten or more rebounds as her game-high 17 boards helped the Cougars to a 50-42 advantage on the glass. The forward also contributed 11 points on the offensive end to register her fourth double-double on the year.
The teams traded buckets to start with Benbow scoring six straight for the Cougars to grab an early 6-5 advantage on the scoreboard. The back-and-forth theme continued throughout the first quarter as the teams were deadlocked at 17-17 to end the frame.
Midway through the second quarter, Anna Maria gained some separation as back-to-back three-pointers from Amber Wilson provided the host a 31-25 lead. Clark battled back over the remaining 4:19 as Benbow scored four straight points for the Cougars before Johnson knocked down a jumper to shrink the deficit, 34-31.
With a 37-34 gap to start the second half, the Cougars quickly went to work as Cam Richey (Upton, Mass.) scored the first points of the quarter with a lay-up before Benbow converted inside the paint to swing a 38-37 lead to the red and white.
With 4:03 left in the third quarter, Benbow knocked down a triple and Favaloro contributed a lay-up to bookend a 6-2 scoring run for a 52-48 advantage. Favaloro finished off another lay-up with seven seconds left in the quarter to give the Cougars a 54-50 lead headed into the fourth.
Anna Maria gathered momentum early in the fourth quarter with a 6-1 scoring drive to take a 56-55 advantage. The Amcats continued to apply pressure as a 7-3 scoring run gave the host a 63-58 advantage with 4:16 left to play.
But Clark University stormed its way back, starting at the 3:11 mark as Johnson converted a chance at the charity stripe before scoring on a lay-up one second later for a 63-61 deficit. With 2:06 left, the Cougars took the lead for the final time as Benbow drilled her third three-pointer of the contest to give the team a 64-63 advantage.
Benbow's three-pointer triggered an 8-0 scoring run to give the Cougars a five-point separation with 35 seconds left. Johnson and Favaloro sealed the game at the charity stripe, hitting three-of-four to give the Cougars the 71-64 victory.
The Cougars finished 25-of-59 (42.4%) from the field while converting 7-of-17 (41.2%) from three-point range while Anna Maria finished 25-of-73 (34.2%) shooting.
Clark University led both second-chance points and points in the paint during the game at 13-11 and 28-26 respectively. Tuesday's matchup featured a total of 24 lead changes and seven ties.
The Cougars return home on Thursday, December 5 when they host Brandies University for a 7:00 pm nonconference matchup.