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.
- Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk
- Danielle Gervacio, Wesleyan
- Maeve Vitale, Wesleyan
- Maya Savino, Emerson
- Natalie Busch, Emerson
- Sierra Ducey, Emerson - Tournament MVP
- Wesleyan is back in action Tuesday, Nov. 22 and will host Little Three foe and No. 4 Amherst College at 7 p.m.