Women's Basketball: Late Surge Not Enough as Cadets fall to Emmanuel, 49-37

Women's Basketball: Late Surge Not Enough as Cadets fall to Emmanuel, 49-37

BOSTON, Mass.—The Norwich University women's basketball team held a five-point lead at halftime and outscored the Saints of Emmanuel College 9-5 in the final four minutes of the game, but an early second-half push by the Saints led the hosts to a 49-37 win against the Cadets in Sunday's Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.  

With the win, Saints improve to 8-5 overall in a 1-0 in GNAC play while the loss drops the Cadets to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in the GNAC.

The Cadets were led by junior guard Aliah Curry (Windsor, Mass.), who totaled a team-best 21 points and seven rebounds. Classmate Kelsey Lotti (South Yarmouth, Mass.) added five points.

Trailing 20-15 at the break, EC opened the second half on an 11-0 run capped by a jumper from sophomore guard Devin Rauh (Collegeville, Pa.) to give the hosts a 26-20 cushion with 15:34 remaining.

A pair of free throws from Norwich's Curry made it a four-point game (26-22) but it would be the closest the Cadets would come the remainder of the action.

A Rauh jumper with 13:01 on the clock gave Emmanuel its' first double-digit lead in the contest at 32-22. Later in the half, a fast break layup from junior forward Lena Negri (Arlington, Pa.) gave the Saints their largest lead in the game at 44-28 with just over four minutes to play.

Norwich would close the action outscoring the Saints 9-5 over the final four minutes but it was not enough as Emmanuel held on for the 49-37 victory.

The action early was slow for both sides and after almost 11 minutes of play the score was deadlocked at 6-6 before Curry sank a free throw to put the Cadets on top 7-6 with 9:13 left in the half.

Trailing by two, 12-10, with a little over five minutes remaining in the half, the Saints put together a 5-0 spurt highlighted by a three pointer from freshman guard Sarah Schemerhorn (Los Angeles, Calif.) to bump their lead to 15-12 with 4:48 left on the clock.

The Cadets would close the half strong, reeling off eight consecutive points including a runner in the lane from Curry as time expired to give Norwich a 20-15 cushion heading into the halftime intermission.

Emmanuel's strong second half defense helped the Saints complete the comeback as they forced the Cadets into making 36 turnovers on the afternoon which Emmanuel was able to convert into 22 points.

Rauh finished with 10 points, five rebounds and a game-high four assists for Emmanuel. Negri chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.

Norwich is idle until Saturday, January 18 when they travel to Providence, R.I. for another GNAC contest against Johnson & Wales.