BROOKLYN, N.Y. - November 10, 2018 - Five student-athletes registered at least eight points as the Pratt Institute women's basketball team opened its 2018-19 campaign with a balanced attack, as the Cannoneers bested Sarah Lawrence College, 59-46, on Saturday afternoon in the Pratt ARC. With the victory, head coach Wilfredo Rivera picks up his first on the Cannoneer sideline.
Pratt is now 1-0 on the year, while the Gryphons are off to an 0-1 start. The black and yellow owned a 54-43 advantage on the glass while shooting 25-of-66 (37.9%) from the field in the victory. Sarah Lawrence was just 15-for-64 (23.4%) over 40 minutes of play.
The Cannoneers were led by junior guard Emily Guerra (Babylon, N.Y.), who had a near triple-double in the opener: 14 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. First-year guard Kinako Miyake (San Mateo, Cali.) poured in 12 points in the first contest of her college career. Additionally, Idalia Kaplan (Seattle, Wash.) notched a nine points and 12 rebounds while Amissa Epperson (Jersey City, N.J.) posted eight points to go along with eight boards.
Pratt jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first 5:17, propelled by three early baskets from Epperson. A made three-pointer from the Gryphons' Tess Carrier was their only made field goal of the first quarter, as they cut the Pratt lead to 14-5 after ten minutes of action.
A three-pointer from sophomore Anna Seminara (Lancaster, Penn.) pushed the lead to 14, with the score, 23-9 midway through the second quarter. Layups by Miyake and Guerra extended the lead to 27-9 with 4:09 remaining in the first half. With time ticking down, Miyake drilled a shot from behind the arc off a pass from Guerra to give the Cannoneers 34 first half points.
Pratt began the second half on a 7-0 run, capped by a baseline jumper from Kathy Neblett (Queens, N.Y.) to give the Cannoneers a 41-17 lead at the 8:09 mark of the third quarter. The hosts would hold Sarah Lawrence at bay for most of the quarter, until the final 90 seconds, when the Gryphons surged on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 49-28 after 30 minutes of play.
Sarah Lawrence continued to control the momentum into the final frame, as they went on a 12-2 run, capped by a jump shot from Tess Carrier at the 2:46 mark, to close the lead to 11. The rest of the way, the Cannoneers leaned on Guerra and Kaplan as they combined for the final eight Pratt points to close the game out.
Up Next: The Cannoneers will travel to Jersey City on Thursday, November 15, to take on New Jersey City University at 8:00 PM, as they look to improve to 2-0.