Western New England shoots 72.7% from the field in the fourth quarter
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 17, 2016) – The Western New England University women's basketball team utilized a 14-0 run that began late in the third quarter to pull away from Emerson College and earn a 70-55 victory this evening in non-conference action at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
• Senior forward Paige Young (Berlin, Conn.) turned in her second consecutive impressive performance, leading the Golden Bears with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Young also matched her career-high with 14 rebounds to go with three steals and a pair of blocks.
• Senior forward Emily Anderson (Rocky Hill, Conn.) added 16 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc during Western New England's decisive run late in the second half.
• Freshman guard Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) also played a key role in the late surge, finishing with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field (including 2-of-2 from three-point range) and seven rebounds.
• Sophomore forward Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) paced Emerson with 14 points, while junior guard Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) chipped in with ten points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
• Western New England led 10-8 after junior guard Dorothy O'Neill (Staten Island, N.Y.) knocked down a pair of free throws midway through the first quarter, but the Lions closed out the period on a 12-3 run to open up a 20-13 advantage after ten minutes. Boyle fueled the Emerson offense early with ten first quarter points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line.
• The visitors held their largest lead of eight (25-17) following a made three-pointer by freshman guard Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) two minutes into the second quarter. Western New England fought back to regain the lead (28-27) with 3:31 left in the half on two free throws by freshman guard Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.), and the Golden Bears would go on to take a three-point edge (38-35) into the locker room for halftime.
• Both teams struggled on offense for the majority of the third quarter, but Emerson was able to regain the lead (45-44) with 1:39 left in the period after Ashby scored five straight points for the Lions.
• Anderson connected from long range to give Western New England the lead back (47-45) less than a minute later, however, and the Golden Bears didn't look back from there. Orbann nailed a triple early in the fourth to stretch the lead to five, before converting a layup with 8:43 on the clock. Anderson followed with consecutive three-pointers as Western New England opened up a comfortable 58-45 lead with 7:42 to go.
• The Golden Bears didn't allow their advantage to fall below nine points the rest of the way, and they continued to pull away late, extending the final margin to 15.
• Western New England shot 40% from the field (20-of-50), 42.1% from three-point range (8-of-19), and 75.9% from the free throw line (22-of-29) in its first win of the season.
• The Golden Bears held a commanding advantage on the glass, outrebounding Emerson 46-25.
• Through two contests this season, Young is averaging 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
Western New England (1-1) will be on the road for its next three games, beginning with Saturday's non-conference matchup at Staten Island. Emerson (0-1) returns home on Saturday to host Simmons.