Jan 14, 2010
BOSTON, Mass. - Senior guard Kailah Al-Darraji (Dover, NH) led three players in double figures with 18 points as the Western New England College women's basketball team downed host Emerson 58-53 in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon (Jan. 14) at the Brown & Piofker Gym.
This was the sixth consecutive win for the Golden Bears who are now 9-3. The Lions fall to 5-8.
With freshman guard and leading scorer Emily Savino (Ellington, CT) out with an injury, several players stepped up with big performances.
Al-Darraji bounced back from a season-low four points against Roger Williams Tuesday to make 6-of-11 shots from the field and 5-of-6 free throws. She also had five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Freshman center Elena Radzikowski (Medway, MA) made her first collegiate start a memorable one with season highs of 17 points (8-of-10 field goals) and eight rebounds.
Junior guard Taryn Belowsky (New Haven, CT) added 12 points coming off the bench in only her third appearance of the season since returning from an injury.
Freshman guard Shelby Van Huysen (Killingworth, CT) chipped-in with five points, five rebounds, and four assists.
And then there was sophomore guard Kathleen Jasinski (Templeton, MA) who entered the game with only 20 points in 10 previous outings.
Jasinski drained a three-pointer (her only basket of the game) that gave the Golden Bears a 54-50 lead with 1:05 left in the game.
Emerson freshman guard Jackie Williams (Lorton, VA) sank a free throw to get the hosts within three at the 52-second mark. Belowsky upped the margin to five with a layup with 23 seconds remaining.
Junior center Lauren Zaniboni (San Diego, CA) hit a jumper to get the Lions within 56-53 with 11 seconds remaining before Al-Darraji calmly made two free throws a second later to cement the win.
Zaniboni finished with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, and blocked five shots.
Freshman guard Olivia DiNucci (Pittsburgh, PA) was the other Emerson player in double figures with 14 points.