WBB: Cougars Stifled by Bears, 78-60

Photo by Katie Morrison
Photo by Katie Morrison

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University women's basketball team suffered a non-conference setback on Saturday afternoon as Hannah Dziadyk scored 22 points off the bench to help propel the Bears to a 78-60 decision at the Kneller Athletic Center.

The Basics

Score: Bears 78, Cougars 60

Records: Clark University (4-9) | Bridgewater State (3-9)

How it Happened

Sophomore Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) tallied her third consecutive 20-plus point game and fourth of the season, with the guard scoring a game-high 27 points to go with four rebounds and three steals.

Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season, corralling a team-high ten rebounds and scoring 14 points. Sophomore Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Cougars with 11 points while also coming away with three steals.

Favaloro got the Cougars going with five unanswered points for the host out of the gates, but the Bears closed the gap after lay-ups from Kylee Pichee and Destiny Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald would end the quarter with eight points, all coming in the paint, to give the Bears a 20-17 lead.

Cam Richey (Upton, Mass.) sparked a brief 6-2 scoring run in the second quarter, giving the Cougars a 23-22 advantage. But Fitzgerald was able to regain control for the Bears moments later, triggering a 6-2 run for the visitors to take a four-point lead. Defenses took over during the final three minutes of the half, with Bridgewater State bringing a 31-28 lead into the break.

In the second half, Bridgewater State took control of the game, starting with a lay-up from Olivia Dziadyk with 8:43 on the clock. From there, the Bears utilized an 11-4 run to quickly balloon the lead to 45-34 and force a Cougars timeout.

Clark battled back following the timeout as a free throw from Sifferlen started a 9-2 scoring drive, capped off with a layup by Favaloro to shrink the deficit, 47-43. But Bridgewater State regrouped over the final three minutes of the quarter with Hannah Dziadyk knocking down a pair of three-pointers during that time to give the Bears a 57-45 lead.

Hannah Dziadyk remained hot in the final quarter, scoring eight straight for the Bears to give the visitors possession of a 65-47 margin. Sifferlen and Benbow kept fighting for the Cougars, scoring all 15 points of the quarter for the team en route to the 78-60 final  

The Bears finished 32-of-76 from the floor (42.1%) while the Cougars shot 20-for-58 (34.5%) throughout the contest. Bridgewater State controlled a 50-38 advantage on the glass while scoring 24 points on 25 forced turnovers.

Up Next

The Cougars head to Wellesley to take on Babson College on Wednesday, January 8 with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.