Score: Salem State University, 65; Emmanuel College, 84
Records: Salem State University Vikings (1-6); Emmanuel College Saints (4-1)
Location: Boston, Mass. – Andy Yosinoff Court
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
THE LEAD: The guard duo of senior Madison McLaughlin (Westerly, R.I) and freshman Molly deBettencourt (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) shot for a combined 10-17 from behind the arc for Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon on the Andy Yosinoff court to propel the Saints to a non-conference victory against Salem State University, 84-65.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The contest started off slow as neither team was able to score through the first two and a half minutes of play until McLaughlin broke the scoreless streak with a shot behind the arc that started a 19-4 run through the first eight minutes of the game, led by deBettencourt's six point first quarter performance.
- Salem State closed the 15 point deficit through the final two minutes of the first quarter as Brianna Rodriguez (Salem, Mass.) and Tyra Scott (Methuen. Mass.) connected on field goals, and continued the offensive production through the beginning of the second quarter taking their first lead of the game from a shot from behind the arc by Courtney Paschal (Waltham, Mass.), 26-24.
- The Vikings were able to accumulate a six point lead with one minute remaining in the half, but the Saints were able to close the gap thanks to two made free throws by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda (Cambridge, Mass.) to go into half behind 36-32.
- EC came out of the break in a full court press to stifle the Vikings offense as the Saints were able to take the lead 39-38 as junior forward Caitlin Cipriano (Waterbury, Conn.) took control in the paint to close out the quarter ahead 58-57.
- Emmanuel continued to have the hot hand through the final quarter with McLaughlin shooting 3-4 from behind the arc and Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) tallying as additional five fourth-quarter points to close out the victory for the Saints, 84-65.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- McLaughlin of EC and Gianna Moschella (Peabody, Mass.) of the Vikings each recorded 17 points for their respective teams on the way to the Saints victory.
- Senior center Kia Fernandes (Wareham, Mass.) became the 20th athlete in SSU history to score her 1,000 point in her 16 point and seven rebound performance for the Vikings.
- Four out of the five starters for the Saints were able to record double-digits in the point's column, along with two players off the bench while only two Vikings were able to tally such a feat.
- The Vikings will be on the road yet again on Tuesday, December 4th when they head to Albertus Magnus College for a 7:00 PM contest.
- Emmanuel will be on the road on Tuesday, December 4th as well as they head to Connecticut College for a 7:30 PM contest.