BROOKLYN, N.Y. - November 30, 2018 - Playing at the Hill Center in Clinton Hill, the Pratt Institute women's basketball team defeated King's College (NY), 59-50, on Thursday evening, behind senior forward Amissa Epperson's (Jersey City, N.J.) double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cannoneers improved to 2-2 overall, and with the loss, King's is now 1-3 overall. Pratt shot 23-for-66 (34.8%) from the field in the win, while the Lions were just 17-for-62 (27.4%) in the setback. Pratt also held a 58-40 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play.
Along with Epperson's strong performance, junior guard Emily Guerra (Babylon, N.Y.) finished with 15 points to go along with a career-high 19 rebounds, while Anna Seminara (Lancaster, P.A.) posted a career-best five steals to go along with nine points. For the Lions, Donyanna Sanders led with 21 points, while Bailey Kaufman chipped in 14 of her own.
Pratt jumped out to an early 7-1 advantage over the first 3:26 on a jump shot from Epperson, but King's would even the score with 3:20 to play in the stanza on a Bailey jump shot. Swanson would make a layup to regain the Cannoneer lead, sparking a 7-1 run, extending Pratt's lead to 19-13 lead at the end of one.
Pratt's lead grew to nine with with a jumper from Epperson with 5:19 left in the 2nd quarter, and then, Seminara would drill a three pointer with 1:26 left, and with 11 seconds left in the half, Epperson would score in the paint, to give the Cannoneers a 13-point halftime lead.
Pratt came out of the locker room strong, continuing to lean on Epperson, who scored a layup with 6:19 in the third, to extend their lead to 38-22. With 22 seconds left in the frame, Guerra nailed a three pointer to put Pratt up 42-29, before King's made two free throws with four seconds remaining to cut into the Cannoneers' lead, 42-31, heading into the final period.
Thanks to Epperson's seven points in the 4th quarter, Pratt was able to withstand a 19-point quarter from King's. With 3:41 to play, Sanders made a three to cut the King's deficit to 49-45. Epperson responded with a finish in the paint, plus the foul to extend the lead to seven, 52-45. Free throws with 18 seconds left by Idalia Kaplan (Seattle, Wash.) would seal the win for the Cannoneers, 59-50.
Up Next: Pratt Institute will travel to Long Island to take on Five Towns College on Saturday, December 1. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.