New Haven, Conn. – Behind three double-digits performances, including a double-double from senior Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus College women's basketball team was edged by Emmanuel (Mass.), 100-94, Saturday afternoon in GNAC action on Saturday afternoon at "The Nest" inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.
FINAL SCORE: Emmanuel (Mass.) 100 | Albertus Magnus 94
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (12-6, 6-4) | Emmanuel (Mass.) (12-6, 8-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Albertus Magnus opened the game with a 14-7 lead before closing out the first quarter with a six-point lead, 23-17, heading into the second.
The Falcons continued to stay in control in the second quarter until the Saints found themselves within four, 37-33, with 3:01 remaining following a layup from Alisha Fox. Albertus Magnus would head into the locker room with a 49-37 advantage after ending the first half with a 12-4 run.
Emmanuel opened the second half with an 8-0 run to cut the Falcons' lead to 49-45, but with 5:39 to play in the third, Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) put the hosts back on top by double figures, 50-39. With three minutes remaining in the third, Emmanuel outscored the Falcons 11-2 to pull within three, 72-69, heading into the final quarter.
Both teams battled on offense over the first three minutes of play before the Saints tied the game for the first time, 79-79, following back-to-back baskets from Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda. The Falcons responded with a 5-0 spurt to regain an 84-79 lead, but the Saints continued to press, forcing the hosts into several turnovers down the stretch.
Emmanuel took its first lead of the day, 88-87, with a fast break basket with 3:52 to play before Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) tied the score at 90-90. With the clock winding down, Albertus Magnus was unable to stop the Saints from scoring and the Falcons' would fall 100-94.
- Bolden's 33-point performance pushes her career-point total to 1,845 ranking her second all-time.
- Emmanuel's head coach Andy Yosinoff earned his 800th career win becoming the 14th NCAA women's basketball coach to reach this milestone. He is also the second Division III coach to reach this milestone as well.
- Junior Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) netted a career-high 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field.
- Freshman Raegon Shirling-Davis (Waterbury, Conn.) posted a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with six assists, two stelas and a block.
- The Falcons are 6-2 at home following today's loss.
- Emmanuel now leads the all-time series over Albertus Magnus 25-2.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Albertus Magnus – 48.1% (field goal), 5.6% (three point) and 58.6% (free throw)
- Emmanuel (Mass.) – 51.9% (field goal), 16.7% (three point) and 38.2% (free throw)
- The Saints also had three players score in double-figures, including a double-double, 23 points and 11 rebounds, from Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda.
- Junior Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 24 points on 7-of-13 showing from the field and 10-of-17 shooting from the free throw line.
- Albertus Magnus out rebounded the Saints by a 54-41 margin and posted a 26-14 edge in second chance points.
- The Saints tallied 64 of their 100 points in the paint compared to the Falcons who posted 54.
- This game saw three ties and three lead changes.
- Emmanuel (Mass.) outscored the Falcons in the third and fourth quarter.
Albertus Magnus returns to action next week against Simmons and Lasell.