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Mendel, Aitken Help Westfield State Women Top MCLA
05:13PM / Saturday, February 22, 2020
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Hoosac Valley graduate Alison Mendel scored 15 points and passed out three assists Saturday to help the Westfield State women's basketball team earn a 103-59 win over MCLA.
 
Pittsfield High grad Isabella Aitken finished with nine points and four assists for the Owls, who were led by Chelsea Mousettee and Melissa Gray with 21 points apiece.
 
Drury graduate Brooke DiGennaro scored nine points for the Trailblazers, who got 17 from Jasmine Pszczola.
 
Westfield State (13-12, 10-2 MASCAC) will be seeded second in this week's MASCAC tournament. MCLA finishes the season at 2-21 and 0-12.
 
Men's Basketball
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Westfield State men's basketball team received a game-high 31 points and 11 rebounds from Vawn Lord as the Owls took down the MCLA Trailblazers, 89-73, in the regular season finale for both programs.
 
The Owls clinched the top seed in next week's MASCAC tournament with the win as they end the season at 18-7 overall and 10-2 in the conference. The Trailblazers will either be the third or fourth seed in next week's conference championships pending other results in the MASCAC. MCLA finishes play at 14-10 overall and 7-5 in the MASCAC.
 
Lord was 10-for-20 from the floor and scored 21 of his points in the second half. He went 11-13 from the line as the Owls held a decisive FT advantage over MCLA. MCLA was just 3-for-8 from the charity stripe while the Owls converted 29 of 40 attempts.  
 
MCLA never led in this contest as the Owls earned a split in the season series.  Westfield jumped out to a sizable early lead at 15-4, but MCLA eventually fough their way back to tie things up at 22-22. The Owls would score the final four points of the opening half to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.
 
In the second half, the lead quickly grew to double figures. Later in the half, the Owls owned their largest lead of the night at 78-57 after a Lord three point play before MCLA made a final run in the final three minutes. 
 
The Trailblazers were led by Noah Yearsley's team best 22-point night. He made five 3-pointers in defeat. Chris Becker and Taconic graduate Quentin Gittens each ended with 12 points for MCLA.
 
MCLA will play either Fitchburg State or Salem State on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the MASCAC quarterfinal round.
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