Basketball Bests Clark on Senior Day, 75-57

Box Score

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (February 17, 2007) - Senior guard Angela Astuccio (Foxboro, Mass.) tied her career-high scoring effort, netting 28 points to help the Lyons defeat the Clark University Cougars on Senior Day. MHC finishes the regular season with an 18-7 overall mark and a 10-3 record in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Cougars finish with a 12-12 record and an 8-5 mark in the NEWMAC.

In the first 11 minutes of the game Mount Holyoke and Clark traded baskets. Neither team was able to create an offensive stir. The opponents would knot the score up four times, the last of which game at the 8:30 mark when Clark's Ashley Auclair (Wilbraham, Mass.) knocked down a jumper in the paint to bring to the score to 15 apiece. Two made free throws by Astuccio ignited 23-6 Mount Holyoke run over the remaining minutes of the half to give the Lyons a 19-point advantage, 40-21, with 29 seconds left in the first frame. Five different players contributed to the run, led by Astuccio's ten points. In the finals seconds of the half, Sara Hagstrom '09 (Yarmouth, Maine) drained a three-pointer to cut the Cougar's deficit to just 16 points at the half, 40-24.

In the first two minutes of the second stanza, Clark closed within 12 points on a Jillian Camilleri (Lancaster, Mass.) jump shot and two free throws from Sarah Roderigue (Oakland, Maine). The Cougars would not get any closer for the remainder of the game. The Lyons bolstered their lead as high as 26 points three times, the last one coming at the 5:00 mark. MHC held on to their double-digit margin to win their final regular season contest.

Astuccio registered a double-double, chipping in a team-high 11 rebounds with her game-high 28 points. Senior guard Joeanna Silvey (Boston, Mass.) also reached double-digit scoring, netting 16 points on a six-of-11 shooting performance. Defensively, Silvey topped the team in steals, tallying four picks on the day. As a team, the Lyons shot an impressive 43.9% from field-goal range and notched 13 steals on 25 CU turnovers.

Sarah Roderigue '09 led all Clark scorers with 15 points. First year Jillian Camilleri grabbed a double-double in the loss, tallying 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The Cougars shot 34.6% from the floor and out-rebounded MHC, 40-33.

Mount Holyoke will host the first round of the NEWMAC tournament on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.