Simmons Basketball captured their 2009-10 season opener at Gordon Tuesday evening, 65-53. The Sharks advance to 1-0 on the season, while Gordon drops to 0-1 with the loss.
The senior forwards on both teams waged a strong battle, as Simmons senior Stephanie Fox (West Springfield, Mass.) led all scorers with 17 points, while her counterpart, Gordon's Rebecca Carroll, had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Simmons shot 48% in the early going, outpacing Gordon's 18% effort. The Sharks ran out to an early 7-0 lead and took a 34-21 advantage into the break, paced by 9 first half points from Fox. The Fighting Scots got a boost off the bench from freshman guard Emily Armstrong as she drained two 3-pointers in the first half of her inaugural collegiate game.
Gordon fought back in the second half and closed to within 4 at 53-49 on another 3-pointer by Armstrong with 3:32 to play. However, the Sharks answered back with some work from Fox, and Gordon failed to threaten seriously the rest of the way.
Simmons shot 39% for the game compared to the Scots' final total of 25%, in addition to holding a 53-44 rebounding advantage.
Simmons presses on in the early season competition with the Elms College Tip-Off, facing MCLA at 8:00pm on Friday, November 20.