Defense Keys Comeback as Women’s Basketball Bests Houghton 67-56

January 20 2016
Category: Athletics

The Elmira College women's basketball team wrapped up its four-game road swing through the Empire 8 Conference on a positive note, besting Houghton College 67-56 at the Nielsen Center on Tuesday night. The victory lifts Elmira to a 2-2 mark over the four-game stretch.
Trailing by two points at halftime, and by as much as 10 points during the third quarter, Elmira buckled down on the defensive end over the back stretch of the third and all of the fourth quarters to launch a furious rally.
Needing a spark, head coach Shannon Howley had the squad employ a full court press. The Highlanders were clearly rattled by the shift in strategy, while the Soaring Eagles executed their game plan to perfection, limiting the Highlanders to 3-of-19 shooting over the final 14 minutes of game action.
Elmira's excellent work defensively also served to help pick up its offense, as Houghton turnovers turned into easy buckets for the visitors. EC outscored the Highlanders 25-to-8 during the decisive fourth quarter, transforming a six-point deficit entering the final 10 minutes into an 11-point victory.
The Soaring Eagles opened the fourth quarter on a 14-2 run, which put the game firmly in Elmira's control. Lindsay Heaton '19 kick started the rally with a pair of layups on back-to-back possessions to close the deficit to just two points at 48-46 with 8:40 remaining.
Emily Green '18 did the heavy lifting from there. She scored 10 of her game-high 18 points over the ensuing 2:49, which included a pair of treys to bookend her scoring binge. By the end of the outburst, the Soaring Eagles led 58-50 with 5:51 left.
Elmira scored its final seven points from the line to close out the win. Danielle Cleary '18 and Jessica Brooks '16 each knocked down a pair of free throws, while Heaton netted the other three.