Clutch free throw shooting lifts Western New England College past Union

Clutch free throw shooting lifts Western New England College past Union

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior guard Kailah Al-Darraji (Dover, NH) and freshman guard Emily Savino (Ellington, CT) each scored 16 points to lead the Western New England College women’s basketball team to a 68-61 victory over visiting Union College (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon (Dec. 12) at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

This was the fourth win in the last five outings for the Golden Bears who now have a 5-3 record at the holiday break.

Western New England College scored its final 13 points from the foul line to hold off the Dutchwomen (1-5) who were playing their second straight game in less than 24 hours. Union fell to Rochester 63-57 last night in Schenectady, New York.

It was a close game the entire way as WNEC held a five-point lead on three occasions in the opening half before Union came back to take a 34-33 lead at the break.

Western New England College took a six-point advantage (44-38) following a pair of free throws by freshman center Elena Radzikowski (Medway, MA) at the 12:13 mark. The Golden Bears enjoyed their biggest lead at 61-52 after senior forward Caitlin Powers (Scotia, NY) sank a pair of charity shots with 1:13 left.

Union (1-5) scored four straight points in three seconds on two foul shots by junior forward Lauren McCormick (Hoosick Falls, N) and a lay-up by senior forward Megan Clark (Wilbraham, MA) off of a steal.

Savino connected on four free throws and junior forward Kelly McCormick (Manchester, CT) three in the final 51.6 seconds.

Savino had a terrific performance with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks while Al-Darraji made 6-of-12 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 three-pointers.

Kelly McCormick finished with nine points and seven rebounds while sophomore forward Sarah Proper (Coxsackie, NY) contributed six points and six rebounds.

Lauren McCormack netted a game-high 24 points after making 6-of-11 shots from the field and 12-of-14 free throws. She also pulled down six rebounds.

Clark just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Lindsay Hage (Brockport, NY) scored eight points coming off the bench, including a couple of late three-pointers that kept the visitors in the game.

Western New England College shot 39.3% from the field and 76.0% from the foul line, and held a slight 40-37 edge in rebounding. Union connected on only 32.1% of its field-goal attempts and 80.0% of their foul shots.

At halftime, the Western New England College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) raised over $60 during a Teddy Bear Toss for the local Toys for Tots program.