After getting the rebound from Mount Ida College’s missed layup, freshman forward Kelsey Johnson regained control of the second half by making an easy layup, extending the Lions’ lead 51-47. Emerson had a 14-point lead to begin the half, but fell behind after Mount Ida’s 24-7 scoring run.
“I think the two-pointer gave the team more confidence that we actually had the win for the most part,” said Johnson. “Two points is beneficial when it’s that close in the end.”
Johnson, a marketing communication major, added her basket after sophomore Catherine Cloutier’s three-pointer gave Emerson a two-point lead over the Mustangs. Johnson’s 11 points, including eight in the second half, were much needed in the 70-61 win over Mount Ida.
“Once we realized we were doing things that weren’t good, we turned it around,” said Johnson. “We ended up pulling out the win in the end.”
Though the Lions ended up winning by nine points, they were outscored 38-33 in the second half. With junior guard Elissa Chojnicki going 4-for-4 on three-pointers in the first half, Emerson was able to overcome their slow start to the second half.
Sophomore Kristin Brice said that the team has had trouble when it comes to stopping other teams’ momentum.
“I think we freak out when other teams do go on runs,” said Brice, a forward and marketing communication major. “We learned [tonight] that once we don’t let it get to us and play our game, that’s when we’ll start doing well again.”
Johnson’s two-pointer cut into Mount Ida’s narrow lead, making the score 47-46, and allowed for Cloutier’s three to put Emerson back on top.
Head coach Bill Gould said that his team’s over-confidence ultimately led to their woes in the second half.
“You have to play a complete game. I don’t care who you’re playing against,” said Gould. “Everybody out there on the court is a college basketball player. And if you allow them to score, they’ll score. If you allow them to play defense on you, they’ll play defense on you.”
The Lions have four games left in the regular season, including two in-conference games.
“We have three games coming up that are winnable games, so we’re just gonna move on from here,” said Chojnicki. “There’s no doubt that we’re going to win some more games going into playoffs, and that’s exactly what we need.”
With the win, Emerson is 6-4 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play and 10-11 overall.
The team’s next game is today at Pine Manor College.