Women’s basketball loses second game at home


Photo: Evan Walsh

Emerson women’s basketball coach Bill Gould during a game in 2016. Photo: Evan Walsh / Beacon Archive

By Megan MacLaren

The women’s basketball team lost 56-45 to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, extending its losing streak to two games. 

After their last home loss against Gordon College, the Lions got off to a slow start against WPI. The first quarter ended with Emerson taking a 4-2 lead with senior guard Quinn Madden scoring three of the Lions’ four points. 

The second quarter remained an evenly matched game. The Lions struggled to score as the first half ended with WPI leading the Lions by a score of 14-13.

“In the last couple of games, we just can’t score,” head coach Bill Gould said in a post-game interview. “We have to find a way to put the ball in the basket.”

Led by freshman guard Melanie Presseau, WPI quickly extended the lead with multiple three-pointers in the second half. The Lions got into foul trouble, which allowed WPI to build the lead.

WPI maintained its lead throughout the rest of the game. The Lions cut the lead to 10 points, but they were unsuccessful at converting points off turnovers, only earning two points. 

Madden led the team with 14 points. Senior guard Natalie Clydesdale, who led the team in average points per game going into the match, finished with only five points. 

“It is early and we are working through some different personnel in our offense,” Gould said. 

The Lions will face Wellesley College at the Wesleyan Invitational on Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.