The MCLA women’s basketball team hosted their lowest scoring game this season in a loss to the Bridgewater State Bears at the Amsler Campus Center on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The final score was 49-42. Senior Emily Moulton and junior Samantha Gawron led their team with 12 points apiece. They both strived to add more numbers to the stat sheet. Moulton finished with eight rebounds, an assist and a steal. Gawron completed with five rebounds, a steal, assist and block. With the follow-up, junior Courtney Pingelski scored nine buckets, seven rebounds, and three assists.
MCLA Trailblazers overall finished with 31.1 field goal percentage (19-61), 16.7 percent (2-12) from behind the arc, and 40 percent from the line. Also, continuing with the stat sheet they had 35 rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, and one block.
Visiting the opponent’s stats sheet, their lead scorer was Chanelle Melton who finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, and one assist. Her teammates Rhiana Page and Sara DaSilva shared four assists apiece. Page completed with nine points and four rebounds, while DaSilva had two rebounds, one assist, and eight points.
The Bears overall finished with 35.8 percent (19-53) shooting from the field, 4-19 (21.1 percent) from downtown and 58.3 percent (7-12) from the free-throw line. They also had 40 rebounds, 11 assists, seven steals and one block.
In the first half, the Trailblazers were trailing 27-21. Chanelle Melton scored a fantastic lay-up with six seconds left on the clock to extend the lead to six points.
MCLA’s Emily Moulton had eight points, two steals, four rebounds and one assist, while her teammate Courtney Pingelski had four points, one assist, and one rebound and Samantha Gawron had five points and one steal.
Their opponents, on the other hand, scored six buckets and seven rebounds from Chanelle Melton. Sara DaSilva scored four points, three assists, two rebounds, and one steal. Rhiana Page followed up with four points and three rebounds.
Even though the final score was a loss, senior Emily Moulton, the future special education teacher known for her supportive and friendly attitude toward her teammates, strives for the next game that matters because it is motivation during “crunch-time.”
Moulton, being the supportive and friendly person she is, is her teammate’s favorite go-to person for help on and off the court.
“Our defense is definitely our strength, we have a very good defense and communication is our biggest weakness,” Moulton said.
She is coming off an ankle injury that occurred during the winter break and can not wait to get back on the court to play with her squad.
Her injury makes her a better person because it makes her want to “go 125 percent more for the team aspect, it helps you become a better leader and to facilitate” Moulton explained.
The Trailblazers will be back in action with a record of 6-15 overall and 2-7 in their conference. Their next home game is Thursday, Feb. 8 against Fitchburg State Falcons.