Lions end regular season with senior day win

By Alberto Gilman

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  • The Lions huddle before their 49 point victory on Saturday

  • Senior guard Natalie Clydesdale recorded four steals and dished out seven assists on Saturday

  • The seniors and their families before Saturday’s game

  • Rachel Davey (left) scored 19 points in the win

  • The Lions pulled down fifteen more rebounds on Saturday

  • The Lions shot 60 percent from the free throw line on Saturday

  • The Lions totaled 26 assists on Saturday

  • Kate Foultz (left), Rachel Davey (center), and Natalie Clydesdale (right) combined for 41 points.

  • The Lions recorded their 15th win of the season on Saturday

  • The Lions’ seniors played their final home game of the regular season Saturday.

The women’s basketball team defeated Dean College by a score of 91–42 on its senior day to end the regular season with a 15–10 record.

The Lions recognized their three senior guards Natalie Clydesdale, Quinn Madden, and Kate Foultz before the game.

Head coach Bill Gould spoke about the senior class and the impact they have made for the program.

“With these three kids especially, they’re just such awesome ambassadors to the program,” Gould said in a pre-game interview. “They’re great kids, they’re great leaders, and they’re great players.”

Foultz led the Lions with 19 points, Clydesdale led the game in assists with seven, Madden recorded five rebounds for her final regular season home game.

The Lions led the Bulldogs 19–12 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Lions scored 23 points, holding the Bulldogs to five. After halftime, the Lions scored 21 points to the the Bulldogs’ 15. The Lions scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs scored 10.

Gould said it will be a different team next year without the three seniors.

“You know it’s funny you get kids to come in as freshmen and they’re so young, from a college basketball point of view they’re so immature,” Gould said. “You just can’t even envision them becoming veterans and leaders on your team, and then, all of a sudden, it’s here and you’re like where the hell did the time go.”

Clydesdale said her teammates helped her celebrate a memorable senior day.

“They’re so supportive, they put so much work in, they’ve made all these signs, they decorated the locker room, and they got us gifts,” Clydesdale said in a pre-game interview. “They went all out. They’ve been awesome. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

Foultz said she will miss playing with her teammates after the season ends.

“It’s been a really wonderful four years,” Foultz said in a pre-game interview.

As one of three seniors who played all four years with Clydesdale and Madden, Foultz is happy about the bond they all created with one another.

“They have just been the most supportive teammates,” Foultz said.

Following the win over Dean, Madden shared her thoughts about the season and her career coming to an end.

“I love this team, and it’s been such an honor to play, and I wouldn’t change anything for the world,“ said Quinn.

The Lions face Smith College on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the first round of the NEWMAC playoffs.