Quincy, Mass. – The Fitchburg State Women's Basketball team opened its 2019-20 campaign this afternoon, dropping a 57-40 decision to the Lions of Eastern Nazarene College in non-conference action from the Lahue Physical Education Center.
Score: Fitchburg State 40, Eastern Nazarene 57
Records: Fitchburg State (0-1) | Eastern Nazarene (1-0)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State opened the contest with a 5-3 edge on a jumper from senior Angelina Marazzi (Manchester, N.H.) and a trey by classmate Emma Thomson (York, Maine) before Eastern Nazarene answered with an and one from senior Kyra Fleharty (Lewiston, Mont.) for the 6-5 margin. Marazzi cut the deficit to 8-7 with jumper, but junior Janeth Cruz (Reseda, Calif.) connected on a bucket for the Lions for the 10-7 lead after one.
Marazzi started the scoring for the Green and Gold in the second quarter with a basket (10-9), while senior Courtney Barba (Pismo Beach, Calif.) responded on the other end with a layup to up the lead for the host to 12-9. Eastern Nazarene closed out the half with an 11-0 run, capped by a Sydni Ovett (Pruitt Heights, Utah) layup for the 27-14 advantage going into the break.
Following the intermission, the Lions upped their lead (29-14) on a basket by junior Stevie Orton (Gilford, N.H.). Fitchburg State chipped the lead to 20-29 on a free-throw from senior Catherine Coppinger (Boston, Mass.), but junior Nahatabee Nacona (Chinie, Ariz.) knocked down a three-ball for Eastern Nazarene for the 38-24 margin going into the fourth quarter.
The Falcons continued to battle as Coppinger, Marazzi and freshman Lindsay McDonald (Stoughton, Mass.) connected on buckets to cut the lead to 50-32 before Seniesha Sekaquaptewa (Second Mesa, Ariz.) sank a pair of free-throws for the Lions, resulting in the 57-40 final.
Inside the Numbers
- Falcons were led by Marazzi with a game-best 19 points and five stealls
- Coppinger and junior Payton Holmes (Carver, Mass.) added six points each for the Green and Gold
- For the Lions, Fleharty finished with a team-leading eight points and three boards
- Orton chipped in with eight points and four caroms for Eastern Nazarene
- Seventh meeting between two schools with Falcons 3-4 all-time vs the Lions
- Fitchburg State shot 12--for-43 (27.9%) from the field and (1-for-11) 9.1% from three point range
- Eastern Nazarene finished 18-of-44 (40.9%) overall and (4-for-12) 33.3% for beyond the arc
- Lions held a slim 36-30 margin on the glass
Falcons return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Clark University to take on the Cougars for a non-conference tilt, starting at 7:00 PM. Lions will take on the Rams of Framingham State on Friday at the 2019 Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament at 7:00 PM.