Emmanuel College, 89; Middlebury College, 82
Emmanuel College Saints (15-7, 6-2 GNAC)
Middlebury College Panthers (12-9, 1-6 NESCAC)
Boston, Mass. – Andy Yosinoff Court
Thursday, February 6, 2020
THE LEAD: All five starters scored in double-figures to power the Emmanuel College women's basketball team over visiting Middlebury College, 89-82, Thursday evening in non-conference action on the Andy Yosinoff Court.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emmanuel jumped out to a 7-1 lead, before Middlebury battled back to make it a 9-8 game on a bucket from Maya Davis at the 3:40 mark of the first quarter. The Saints later went on a 5-0 spurt and held a 25-17 lead after the first 10 minutes.
- Back-to-back threes from Claire Miller and Reagan McDonald made it a two-point game (25-23) at the 8:24 mark of the second quarter.
- The Panthers knotted the game at 29-29, but the hosts closed the half on an 11-3 run capped by a pair of free throws by senior Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda (Cambridge, Mass.) to hold a 40-32 advantage at the break.
- Leading by five (52-47), Emmanuel scored 10 of the final 12 points in the third quarter, including a pair of hoops by sophomore Loredana D'Agostino (Broad Brook, Conn.), extending its lead to 62-49.
- The Saints stretched the margin to 17 (75-58) after a free throw by Ramirez-Tejeda at the 5:56 mark of the fourth quarter, before the Panthers went on a 7-0 spurt. Alana Kornaker hit a two and a three as Middlebury trailed 75-65 with 3:58 remaining.
- The Panthers kept coming, making it an 84-78 game on a three from Sullivan with 45 seconds remaining, but that's as close as they came, as Emmanuel held on for the 89-82 win as senior Kayla Weaver (West Haven, Conn.) connected on four free throws down the stretch to seal the "W".
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Ramirez-Tejeda finished with game-highs in both points (23) and rebounds (17) for her 16th double-double of the 2019-20 season. Sophomore forward Riley Lahiff (Attleboro, Mass.) also posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- EC junior Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) dropped a season-high 17 points in 30 minutes of action while Weaver finished with 12 points and a game-high seven assists.
- D'Agostino rounded out the Emmanuel starters, collecting 11 points before fouling out of the contest.
- For Middlebury, Betsy Knox led a balanced attack with 16 points, Miller and McDonald each scored 13, while Kornaker added a career-best 10 points. Kira Waldman finished with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists, while McDonald dished out five helpers.
- Emmanuel held a 41-32 rebounding advantage and shot 47.7 percent from the floor. Middlebury concerted 20-21 free throws in the contest.
- The win marks the Saints third of the year over a NESCAC opponent as EC defeated previously #1 Amherst College back in December, 60-55 and Connecticut College in November, 66-48.
- EC is idle now until next Wednesday, February 12 for a big GNAC battle against Albertus Magnus College at 6:00 PM in New Haven, Conn.
- Middlebury takes on Wesleyan this Sunday, February 9 in a 2:00 PM NESCAC affair.