BRONX, N.Y. – Clark University women's basketball returned to action on Saturday with the Cougars falling to Drew University, 85-59, in non-conference action in the opening round of the Lehman College Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at the APEX.
Score: Rangers 85, Cougars 59
Records: Clark University (3-8) | Drew University (7-2)
How it Happened
Sophomore guard Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) dropped a career-high 30 points on an efficient 10-of-20 from the floor, including a game-high five three-pointers, while dishing out three assists.
Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) provided support to the Cougar offense, tallying 16 points to log her sixth consecutive game of double-figure scoring. The forward also tied the team-high of rebounds, matching Hallie Johnson's (Princeton, Mass.) total of eight.
The Rangers were led by Erin Frederick who recorded the lone double-double of the game, scoring a team-high 24 points to go with ten rebounds. Joey Meyers and Julia Ramos amassed 16 and ten points respectively to round out the double-figure scorers for Drew while combining for eight assists.
Drew University jumped out to an early 9-0 lead as Meyers tallied five points to lead the charge. The Cougars got their first points of the game with 5:59 left in the first quarter as Favaloro converted a contact layup before knocking down the chance at the charity stripe for a 9-3 deficit.
Favaloro, playing on her birthday, contributed seven of the team's 13 points throughout the opening session with Sifferlen scoring the other six. The Rangers held a 22-13 lead headed to the second quarter.
The Cougars cut the gap to six points early in the second quarter as Sifferlen knocked down a lay-in before hitting on the and-one from the free-throw stripe. But the Rangers quickly re-extended with a bucket from Meyers sparking a 22-4 scoring run to take a 47-23 lead into the half.
Clark had its best offensive showing in the third quarter, outscoring the opposition by a 23-14 clip over the ten-minute span. Sifferlen caught fire from distance over that time, drilling four three-pointers and registering 15 points during the quarter. With five triples in the frame, the Cougars shrunk the deficit to 61-46.
The Cougars were able to maintain momentum during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, matching the opponent's effort on the offensive end with Drew holding a slight 14-12 scoring advantage during that span. The Rangers pulled away in the final minutes with Frederick scoring four of her team-high 24 points to fuel a 10-1 scoring run en route to the 85-59 final.
Clark finished the game 22-of-50 from the floor (44%) to the 33-of-65 shooting performance (50.8%) from Drew. The Rangers controlled a 38-26 advantage on the glass with a 14-2 lead in second-chance points and a 36-22 lead on points in the paint.
The Cougars enter the consolation round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament and will matchup against the loser of Lehman/St. Joseph's on Sunday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m.