Brasa leads basketball in 60-47 loss to Emerson

By Simmons Athletics

The Simmons College basketball team was defeated by visiting Emerson College, 60-47, last week at Moore Gymnasium in Boston, Mass. The Sharks fall to 7-12 on the season, while the Lions improve to 8-11.
Emerson held Simmons to just 28.6 percent (16-56) shooting from the floor.

Junior forward Liz Brasa topped the Sharks with nine points to go with five rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists, while junior guard Jamie Zoldy netted seven points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.

First-year forward Charlie Boyle was 6-7 from the floor for the visitors and added two assists and a rebound, while first-year guard Natalie Busch chipped in with 10 points, three boards, a pair of assists and a steal off the bench.

Sophomore forward Sierra Ducey pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and added four points, six assists, and two steals.

The Lions scored nine of the first 11 points of the game, capped by a three-pointer from junior guard Elizabeth Horan to give the visitors a 9-2 lead with 6:37 to go in the first quarter.

First-year guard Rebekah Carroll later drilled a three-pointer to pull the Sharks to within 11-9 at the 4:52 mark of the period, but seven unanswered points, capped by a trifecta from junior forward Olivia Still, gave the visitors an 18-9 cushion with 2:21 to go in the period. Emerson took a 24-13 advantage into the second quarter.

First-year forward Elena Bragg knocked down the second of two free throws for her first career point to cut the deficit to 26-18 for Simmons with 6:02 to play in the first half.

The Lions scored seven straight points to take their largest lead of the game at 33-18 with 4:34 showing in the second quarter and took a 35-21 lead into the intermission.

Emerson later maintained a 42-30 lead, following a jumper from Still with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter. The Sharks tallied six unanswered points to cut the margin to 42-36 with 53 seconds left in the period and headed to the fourth quarter, trailing 44-38.

First-year guard Francesca Corsinetti later knocked down a jump shot for Simmons to pull it to within 44-40 with 8:16 to play in the contest. It would be as close as the Sharks would get the rest of the way as the Lions scored seven straight points as part of a 12-2 stretch, fueled by nine points from Boyle, to take 56-42 advantage with 2:39 to play in the contest. Emerson held off Simmons for the remainder of the game to come away with the victory.