CHICOPEE, Mass. – Despite a game-and career-high 22 points from sophomore Annika Brooks, the Mount Holyoke College basketball team was unable to get past Elms College, falling in road action by a 62-40 margin on Wednesday evening. The homestanding Blazers are now 5-5 on the season, while the Lyons slip to 0-12.
In the opening 20 minutes of action, the Lyons fought hard, trailing 27-20 at halftime. MHC paced its effort alongside Elms in the second quarter as both teams put 12 points onto the scoreboard. Brooks (Portland, Maine), who had six points in the opening quarter, was one of five Lyons' players to put up points in the frame.
Despite the momentum, Elms broke open the game in the third quarter with a 23-point effort to MHC's 13 points.
Elms went on to hold the Lyons without a field goal (0-for-12) in the fourth quarter enroute to the win. The Blazer defense forced 32 turnovers and converted those into 22 points. Elms also controlled the glass, finishing with a 47-36 rebounding advantage.
Molly Moulton (North Adams, Mass.) led the offensive charge for Elms, scoring a team-high 16 points by going 5-for-8 from the field and 6-of-9 at the free throw line. Regina LeBlanc (Enfield, Conn.) offset a cold shooting performance by dishing out six assists without a turnover and collecting five steals. Nakia Mabin (Bridgeport, Conn.) added nine points and three rebounds off the bench for Elms and Niah Pantry (New Haven, Conn.) added eight points, four rebounds and three steals.
Brooks (Portland, Maine) hitting 8-of-21 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line, finishing just shy of the double-double with nine rebounds. Senior Leah Hodges (New Haven, Conn.) and sophomore GraceAnne Woods (Glen Cove, N.Y.) each added six points for the Lyons. Additionally, Woods had a game-high three blocks.
Elms returns to New England Collegiate Conference play this weekend, visiting Lesley on Jan. 5. Mount Holyoke will visit NEWMAC foe WPI the same day (2pm).