Mass. College Hoops: Smith Tops Emerson, Claims NEWMAC Regular Season Crown

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Smith College sports information department, here’s today’s release about the women’s basketball team, which defeated Emerson College on the road and claimed the NEWMAC regular season crown:

BOSTON, Mass. – Paulina Solis reached the 1,000-point milestone courtesy of a game-high 16 points to lead the Smith College basketball team to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title with an 81-68 victory over Emerson on Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers earned their first outright regular season crown and snapped Babson’s four-year run. Prior to this season, Smith had claimed a share of the NEW 8 title in 1988-89 along with Brandeis, Wheaton and WPI. The conference office will release the official tournament pairings later today.

Solis became the 11th Smith student-athlete to reach the milestone and fourth in three years. She joins Phoebe Jacob and teammate Rosa Drummond, who also reached the plateau as a junior, as well as Dasen Woitkowski who did it in three years as a Pioneer after transferring from UMass.

Smith standouts also included Sydney Parkmond (15 points, 7 rebounds) and Drummond (15 points). Lions were led by Kelsey Johnson (13 points, 7 rebounds), Kristin Brice (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Elissa Chojnicki (12 points, 7 assists, 3 steals).

The Pioneers finished 15-10 and 15-5 against NEWMAC opponents. In their first season of NEWMAC play, the Lions posted a 9-16 record and went 4-16 in-conference play.

The Lions spread the wealth along the way to a 40-39 halftime lead. Kelsey Johnson, Kristin Brice, and Elissa Chojnicki scored eight points apiece, with bench support from Catherine Cloutier, who scored seven points in the first half. EC faced a tough defense in Smith. Emerson capitalized on every opportunity given, and were perfect from the free-throw line in the opening half. As a team, the Lions shot an astounding 62.5% from the field, and went 4-5 from beyond the arc in the first half.

It was a back-and-forth affair from the jump, with Smith leading by a slight margin until Cloutier drained a 3-pointer to tie it up at 14-all with 13:21 remaining. Janissa Delzo scored a quick four points, converting on two free-throw shots and driving for a layup in the paint to bring EC ahead 28-23 with just under seven minutes remaining in the half.

The second half featured tough defense from both teams. The Lions kept it close until the 7:00 mark, when Smith began to pull ahead as their all their shots seemed to fall, including a late triple by Solis to punctuate the win.

Mass. College Hoops: Brickley, Shoemaker Lead Wheaton Past Emerson

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s game, which saw Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker combine for 32 points as the Lyons defeated Emerson College in Boston:

BOSTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s basketball team outscored Emerson by 15 points in the second half en route to a 77-58 victory in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on the road.

Lyons’ junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) led all scorers with 18 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) registered 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) collected 13 points, four assists and classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary’s) added ten points, three rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) tallied three points, hauled in eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Senior forward Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) chipped in with six points, five rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. Arnone has now drained at least one 3-pointer in 11-straight contests, while Brickley has recorded double digit points in ten consecutive contests.

Emerson junior forward Kristin Brice (Indiana, Penn./Indiana Area Senior) had 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and brought down 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. Sophomore guard Janissa Delzo (Middlesex, N.J./Wardlaw-Hartridge) posted 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and freshman guard Emily Cameron (Culver City, Calif./University) compiled 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Leading 28-24 at the break, Wheaton came out firing in the second half using a 22-9 run to jump out to a 17-point cushion (50-33) in the opening 6:06 of action in the stanza. During the run, Brickley scored eight points, Shoemaker logged six, Ferrari had five and Pierce swished a three-pointer to get the spurt going at the 19:50 mark. The Lyons shot 9-for-12 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds and and assisted on seven of their baskets.

Wheaton’s gap ballooned to as many as 23 with 9:33 remaining in the game as Shoemaker finished a layup off a pass from junior guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs). The Blue and White held a 36-22 advantage in the paint including a 28-12 differential in the second half alone. Both teams tied in bench points at 19-19, but Wheaton outscored Emerson 11-0 off turnovers and won the rebounding matchup, 43-40.

The Lyons (15-4, 10-4 NEWMAC), who committed a season-low nine turnovers in the win, host Clark University this Saturday at 1 p.m. Emerson (7-11, 3-10 NEWMAC) welcomes Springfield to its campus on Saturday at 1 p.m.