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As Women’s Hoops Team Moves on to GNAC Finals, Men’s Team Season Comes To A Close

Lena Negri scored her 1,000th point and led the team in scoring and rebounding, propelling the Saints to Saturday’s GNAC Final. Photo courtesy of Olivia Cavalieri ’17.

Graduate forward Lena Negri led the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team with 22 points and 11 rebounds on Thursday night as the 3rd-seeded Saints topped the 2nd-seeded Johnson & Wales Wildcats 71-61 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Semifinals in Providence. The Saints go on to face top-seeded St. Joseph’s of Maine in the GNAC finals on Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m.

After leading Johnson & Wales throughout the whole first quarter, the Wildcats exploded to go on 7-0 run to close the frame. A key to their win was an electrifying 13-3 run in the second quarter, allowing them to take the lead that they would not give up. By the end of the half, the Saints were leading the Wildcats 40-31, behind Negri’s 11 first half points. The Wildcats would come out of the half to make the game close, but would never take the lead away from Emmanuel. With 1:37  left in the game Negri scored her 1,000th point, sealing the win for the Saints.

Sadly, the men’s season came to a close after a 97-79 loss to JWU in the GNAC Semifinals. The Saints kept it close within the first couple of minutes, although could not hold on to the offensive firepower that the Wildcats produced. On the flip side, senior John Clay ’16 led the Saints with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field and while going 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line in his final game.

Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a sports writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.

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