BRONX, N.Y. – Bolstered by six individual career-highs the Clark University women's basketball team notched its highest point total of the season en route to an 82-50 non-conference victory against host Lehman College in the consolation round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at the APEX on Sunday.
Score: Cougars 82, Lightning 50
Records: Clark University (4-8) | Lehman College (0-10)
How it Happened
Sophomore Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) rolled her strong performance of Saturday into the final day of the tournament as the guard tallied a team-high 26 points on 11-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-6 from three-point range.
First-year Sarah Zambrano (South Francisco, Calif.) enjoyed a career-high offensive spurt with a 21-point effort to lead all bench scorers in the game while also recording a new personal plateau of two assists. Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and sophomore Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 12 points apiece. Additionally, Favaloro recorded a new career-standard of three blocks.
Sophomore guard Cam Richey (Upton, Mass.) slung a career-high ten assists in 29 minutes of action while first-year forward Eliza Quinones (Bangor, Maine) logged a career-high six rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Cougars notched their highest point total this season on a season-best 49.3% from the field (35-of-71) and set a new season-high mark of 28 assists.
The Lightning jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but the Cougars would gain control of the action shortly after as a layup from Zambrano sparked a 27-5 scoring run lasting the remaining 6:48 in the quarter. During the first quarter spurt, Sifferlen poured in 13 points, including a personal 8-0 scoring drive, to anchor the Cougars 27-9 lead.
Clark remained on the throttle to start the second quarter of action as a layup from Hallie Johnson (Princeton, Mass.) gave the team control of a 6-3 run for a 33-12 lead. With 6:30 left until the half, Sifferlen teamed up with Benbow to tack onto the Cougars lead with the duo each connecting on a pair of layups during an 8-2 scoring run.
Led by 19 points from Sifferlen and 12 from Zambrano, the Cougars tallied their highest first-half point total of the season to take a 49-24 lead into the intermission.
Clark picked up where it left off during the second half with Favaloro registering seven points to aid an 18-5 scoring drive. The Cougars controlled the scoring by a 26-12 clip over the entirety of the third quarter to increase their lead to 75-36.
Lehman put forth its best offensive segment during the fourth quarter as Nina Gill took over as the game-high scorer, notching ten of the team's 14 points to finish the contest with 30 points. But the Cougars were able to drain the clock to coast to the 82-50 victory.
The Cougars controlled the paint throughout the game with a 45-34 lead on the glass and a 52-18 advantage on points on the interior. Clark was also able to force 31 turnovers during the win leading to an 18-0 margin in fast break points.
Following the game, Sifferlen was named to the 2019 Lehman College Coaches vs. Cancer All-Tournament Team following a weekend that saw the sophomore record 56 points on 21-of-36 shooting from the field (58.3%) with eight three-pointers, five assists, and four steals.
The Cougars return home for a non-conference matchup against Bridgewater State on Saturday, January 4 at 1:00 pm.