BY LEXI LOBDELL '20
Mount Holyoke Basketball hosted Emerson College in a hard-fought game on Saturday. Despite good effort and a late comeback, MHC fell to the Lions, 62-75.
The Lyons came out slow, allowing Emerson an 8-0 run. Genesis DiCarlo ’18 broke the seal with a layup. Despite buckets from Kathryn Violette ’20 and Leah Hodges ’19, MHC trailed 10-19 at the end of the first quarter.
MHC picked up the pace during the second quarter with a 3-pointer from Katlyn Grover ’20. Emerson went on an 8-2 run, increasing their lead. Violette saw two free throws at the end of the quarter, putting MHC back in the game, trailing 34-24.
The Lyons cut their deficit to six at the start of the third quarter with 5 points from Violette. Emerson returned quickly, doubling their lead in transitions and from the paint. Xajaah Williams-Flores ’17 finished out the quarter with 4 points for MHC, 50-40.
Emerson increased their lead to 17 during the fourth, but an early 3-pointer from Grover pulled MHC back in the game. Grover then nailed a long jumper just moments later. Despite a strong effort in the fourth quarter, and scoring 6 points in the final minute of the game, the Lyons fell short.
Violette and Grover both had career high games, leading the Lyons with 21 and 19 points respectively (Grover with four 3-pointers). Williams-Flores led the team in rebounds with 12.
The Lyons will next host Norwich University on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm.