Lions extend winning streak to five in dominant fashion

By Kayla Buck

The women’s basketball team won its fifth game in a row to remain undefeated in the NEWMAC with an 87-31 win over Mount Holyoke College.

Despite nine turnovers in the first half, the team held a steady lead over the 1-15 Paws. Senior guard Natalie Clydesdale and freshman center Chloe Allen led the Lions in scoring, combining for 36 points.

“We’re tied for first right now, so anytime we can get a conference win, it’s a good feeling,” Clydesdale said in a post-game interview.

The Lions led 26-9 at the end of the first quarter with 11 points from Clydesdale and five from junior guard Sam Boyle.

The Lions scored seven points in the first half of the second quarter, but the action picked up with a three-pointer from sophomore guard Julia Mallon. Allen made two shots off the bench, adding to the Lion’s 42-21 first half lead.

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After a quiet second quarter with no scoring from the senior guard, Clydesdale scored nine of the team’s 20 third-quarter points.

“I got a lot of easy looks that were created by turnovers and good defense,” Clydesdale said in a post-game interview.

Gould said the team needs to remain focused during conference games by playing hard and focusing on delivering its best performance.

“Play well, play hard, do your job, and whatever happens, happens,” Gould said in a post-game interview. “I thought the kids did a great job.”

The Lions face the United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.