Hornets Hold Off Shorewomen, 62-59

Hornets Hold Off Shorewomen, 62-59

Clark Scores Career-Best 19 Points

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Kalamazoo was able to hold off a rally by Washington College to record a 62-59 win on Wednesday morning at the Cruzin' Classic at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in non-conference women's basketball action.  Both teams are now 4-6 on the year.

Kalamazoo 62 Washington College 59

How It Happened
- Washington scored the game's first six points in the opening 1:48, capping it on a Caitlyn Clark layup.
- Kalamazoo responded with a 13-2 run to take a 13-8 lead with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter on an Emily Kozal jumper.  Kozal fueled the run as she scored eight of the 13 points.  The Hornets led 15-12 after the first 10 minutes.
- The Shorewomen outscored the Hornets, 14-12, to trim the deficit at halftime to just one point at 27-26. 
- In the third quarter, Kalamazoo opened with an 11-1 run to take an 11-point lead at 38-27 with 6:25 left on a three-pointer by Isabelle Clark.  The Hornets would lead 48-40 after three.
- Kozal gave the Hornets their biggest lead of the game of 12 points, 52-40, 66 seconds into the fourth quarter.
- Washington would score 10 of the next 12 points to trim the lead to 54-50 with 3:40 left on a Kat Moore free throw.
- Trailing 59-54, the Shorewomen would go on a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 60-59 with six seconds left on two free throws by Clark.
- Danielle Simon would make two from the line for Kalamazoo to make it 62-59 with five ticks left. 
- The Shorewomen had a final chance to send the game to overtime, but the three-pointer by Alexis Krahling was off the mark and the Hornets came away with the three-point win.

For The Shorewomen (4-6)
- Clark (career-high 19 points, career-best 10 made free throws, 10-for-10 from the line and game-best five assists), Emily Thiemann (game-best nine rebounds), Krahling (game-best three steals), Kristi Kozlowski (two blocks).
- Washington shot 25% from the field (17-for-67), 45% from three-point range (5-for-11) and 67% from the foul line (20-for-30).
- The Shorewomen outscored the Hornets by an 18-10 margin in points off of turnovers, 14-8 in bench points, 13-7 in second-chance points, 18-14 in points in the paint and 7-5 in fast break points.
- On the glass, Washington outrebounded Kalamazoo by a 48-39 margin.
- WC had just 12 turnovers in the game, while tallying 11 steals.

For Kalamazoo (4-6)
- Kozal (20 points to lead all players and three assists), Simon (16 points), Sierra Fraser (seven rebounds), Mya Gough (seven boards and two blocks).
- Kalamazoo shot 35% from the field (19-for-54), 27% from behind the arc (4-for-15) and 65% from foul line (20-for-31).
- The Hornets committed 17 turnovers.

- It was the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.
- Today was the final game for any WC team in the 2017 calendar year.
- Clark was the first Shorewoman since Carley Kendall '16 to make 10 free throws in a game.  Kendall made 10 at Franklin & Marshall on January 10, 2015.

Up Next
1/6/18 v. #16 Muhlenberg – 3:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Game)