Wesleyan Falls Short to Emerson, 57-53

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS:

Score:
Emerson 57, Wesleyan 53
Records:
Wesleyan (1-1); Emerson (2-1)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Emerson College)
Date: Sunday, November 2-0 
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's basketball lost to Emerson College Sunday in the finals of the Emerson Tip-Off Tournament, 57-53. Sunday's game featured 18 lead changes and 10 ties.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead to open the game, behind free throws from Danielle Gervacio '17, and a three-pointer from Olivia Gorman '19 at the 4:27 mark of the first quarter put Wesleyan ahead by four, 10-6.
  • However, the Lions went on a 7-2 run down the stretch to claim a 13-12 lead after one.
  • The second quarter went back-and-forth often and featured four lead changes and five ties.
  • Maddie Beldsoe '19 hit a lay-up within the first :21 of the second and a pair of free throws from Tara Berger '18 shortly after gave the Cardinals a 16-13 lead – the biggest margin of quarter.
  • The Lions held Wesleyan scoreless in the final 3:35 of the half, and scored four straight to take a 26-24 lead at the break.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Maeve Vitale '19 hit two three-pointers early in the second half, at the 8:12 and 7:12 marks, and Gervacio nailed one from downtown at the 6:41 mark to give the Cardinals a 35-28 advantage – their largest of the game.
  • Wesleyan led for much of the third quarter until an 8-0 run by Emerson, capped off by a three from Maya Savino, put the Lions back on top, 43-41 with 1:56 remaining in the quarter.
  • The Cardinals regained the lead with a lay-up from Gorman, but Sierra Ducey responded with a bucket of her own to give Emerson a 45-44 lead entering the fourth.
  • A free throw by Berger with 5:54 remaining in regulation gave Wesleyan a 51-49 lead, but it proved to be the last time the Cardinals would lead.
  • A lay-up by Natalie Bush 44 seconds later evened the score, and a pair of free throws from Charlie Boyle at the 3:14 mark gave the Lions the lead for good as they went on to win by four, 57-53.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan's scoring leaders were Gorman and Vitale with 11 and 10, respectively. Berger finished with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds, including four steals, while Vitale recorded a game-high five.
  • Ducey led all players with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, and finished with six rebounds. Boyle joined her in double-figures with 13 points and six boards. Natalie Busch dished out a game-high four assists.
  • Despite the loss, Wesleyan's defense forced 21 turnovers and scored 17 points off turnovers.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:

  • Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk
  • Danielle Gervacio, Wesleyan
  • Maeve Vitale, Wesleyan
  • Maya Savino, Emerson
  • Natalie Busch, Emerson
  • Sierra Ducey, Emerson - Tournament MVP

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action Tuesday, Nov. 22 and will host Little Three foe and No. 4 Amherst College at 7 p.m.

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