Lyons Game Day Central: Basketball vs. Smith at 7pm

Gameday Central graphic: Senior Day featuring Kate Rawson.


THE MATCHUP: Mount Holyoke returns home to Mildred Howard Gym for the final time this season, as they face Smith College for the 73rd time in program history dating back to 1974-75. Despite a span where MHC won 17 of 20 matchups, the Pioneers currently hold a 44-28 series advantage. The Lyons last win came in a 54-52 nail-biter in 2014-15.

THE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (0-22; 0-14 NEWMAC) returns home for the final time this season after tough losses on a two-game road trip. In the most recent game against Emerson, first year Raquel Fitzpatrick recorded a near double-double with 11 points and nine boards, while classmate GraceAnne Woods also had a strong game with nine points and seven rebounds. Overall, junior guard Leah Hodges leads the team with 8.7 points per game. Senior forward Kate Rawson is the squad-leader in rebounds with 6.9 per contest.

THE PIONEERS: Smith (18-5; 11-3 NEWMAC) enters the hardwood on a three-game win-streak, including its most recent 80-53 victory over Wheaton College last Saturday. Junior forward Kennedy Guest-Pritchett led all players with a 21 point, 12 rebound double-double.
Junior guard Lauren Bondi added 19 points,while junior forward Stephanie Foukaris came off the bench for 11 points. Guest-Pritchett leads the conference with 15.5 points and the team with 10.3 rebounds per game.

NEXT UP: Both teams conclude the regular season on Saturday as Mount Holyoke will be at Wellesley, and Smith hosts Clark University. Tip-off time for both games are scheduled for 2:00pm.