WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – With 17 lead changes in the second half alone, the championship game of the Morin Memorial Tournament proved to be one worth watching with Williams (4-0) defeating Rhode Island College (3-1) with a scoreline of 47-46.
The game-winning bucket was scored with 1:34 remaining in the fourth quarter when Maggie Meehan hit an isolation jump shot. Meehan finished the game as the leading scorer, pouring in 13 points and adding 3 steals on the defensive end.
Ephs Coach Pat Manning was quick to praise senior forward Emily Peckham, who put together a strong performance tonight with 9 points and 10 rebounds, along with 1 block and 1 steal. "She had a tough defensive assignment tonight, but we know she's a great defensive player. Her growth on the offensive end is just great to see." The coach was also eager to praise RIC, lauding their defensive performance and how effectively their game plan worked in the game.
It was an exciting game from start to finish, with RIC's Sophia Guerrier '21 scoring just seconds into the game after intercepting the tip-off. The first quarter ended with the Ephs up 11-10 over the Anchorwomen.
The second quarter concluded with a score of 21-20 in favor of Williams following a Mikaela Topper '21 basket with one second left. The junior captain finished today's game with a line of 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Throughout the game, RIC proved remarkably effective in the rebounding department. Three Anchorwomen – Willcia McBorrough '22, Fataya Larry '20, and Jordyn Gauvin '20 each had 11 rebounds. McBorrough and Larry each had double-doubles as well, which McBorrough being RIC's leading scorer with 12 points.
Williams finished the game hitting 4 3-point shots with RIC hitting just 1. The two biggest 3-pointers of the game came from senior Emily Chang, who hit both with under four minutes left. Coach Pat Manning believed that her team came out flat in terms of energy, but Chang's shots down the stretch gave her team the energy needed to finish the game strong.
The fourth quarter was full of highlights, beginning with a Sophia Guerrier euro-step layup to give RIC the lead. Fataya Larry later hit 2 free throws to give RIC their largest lead of the fourth quarter, before heroics from Peckham and Chang brought Williams back.
The Anchorwomen had a chance to win the game with a last-second corner 3-point shot from Jordyn Gauvin, but it rolled out, giving Williams the win.
The Ephs will return to action on Tuesday, November 26th when they take on Springfield College, while Rhode Island College will travel to Bridgewater State University on the same day.
The All-Tournament team was rounded out with RIC's Fataya Larry, Westfield State's Melissa Gray, and Endicott College's Olivia Duncan. Endicott took down Westfield earlier in the day in the consolation contest.