Fleming's career night not enough to overcome Pride's pressure
CAMBRIDGE, MA – A pair of 13-0 runs separated the Pride, and in spite of Emily Fleming's best efforts, Regis (13-4, 10-0 NECC) coasted to a 59-39 win at Lesley (0-15, 0-10 NECC) on Thursday night in New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball play at the Nicholas Athletics Center.
Fleming (Medford, MA/Matignon) scored 15 of her game- and career-high 22 in the first half, but two Regis runs of 13-plus points to none for the Lynx and two 10-0 runs in the first 16:12 alone sent the Pride out to a 16-point halftime lead.
Claire Ramonas (Portland, ME/Deering) and Sabree Rodriguez (Brockton, MA/Brockton) scored four each in the first run, which at 13-0 pushed the Pride out in front 15-2. After a Fleming three-pointer made it a 10-point game at 17-7, Ramonas scored eight points in a 10-0 run that extended the lead to 27-7. The sophomore forward scored 12 of her team-high 17 in the first as Regis opened up a 35-19 halftime lead with the Pride's suffocating full-court pressure forcing 22 first half Lesley turnovers.
Lynx guard Sarah Apgar (Andover, NJ/Lenape) connected on a three-pointer to bring the home team to within 13 to start the second, but a Ramonas layup started a second 13-0 run that put the Pride up 48-22 and sent the Lynx reeling for good.
Until a Kaleigh Gorman (East Setauket, NY/Ward Melville) jumper with 8:55 left to play, only Fleming and Apgar had entered the Lesley scoring column, and only a late Lynx 11-0 run featuring three-pointers from both of Lesley's leading scorers cut the final margin to 59-39.
The NECC field goal percentage leader at .595 entering the night, Ramonas finished with 17 points on a typically efficient 7-11 shooting. Rodriguez followed with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Fleming's career-high 22 came on 3-8 shooting from distance and a perfect 5-5 effort at the stripe. Apgar added 10 on 2-5 shooting from three-point range, and the Lynx as a team shot over 38 percent (5-13) from downtown. After its sloppy first half, Leah Lipschitz's Lynx turned the ball over only seven times in the second half.
Defensively, freshman Carrie Fieger (Simsbury, CT/Suffield Academy) paced the Lynx with a career-best five blocks to lead all players and added a team-high seven rebounds.
Lesley travels to Elms College on Saturday, when Regis travels to Becker College.