Worcester, Mass. – Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) led a quartet of players in double figures as host Clark University emerged with a key 73-61 win over Coast Guard in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars improved to 11-8 with the win, while pulling their league mark to 6-6. Coast Guard, meanwhile, slips to 7-10 overall and 5-7 in conference action.
Condon scored nine points during a pivotal 11-2 run that erased a three-point Bear lead and gave the Cougars a 27-21 edge late in the first half that ballooned to 31-23 at the half.
The Cougars still held a 16-11 minutes later when Esther Cohn (Chapel Hill, N.C.) got loose inside off of a feed from Reilly, but that would be Clark's last basket for nearly eight minutes as the Bears clamped down defensively and the Cougars went cold from the field.
As they did for most of the contest, Coast Guard rode the hot hand of freshman Victoria Sutherland (Houston, Texas), who scored five points during the Bears' 8-0 run that put them ahead for the first time in the game.
Once Condon ignited the game-changing run to end the first half, Clark never trailed again pushing their lead to as many as 15 late in the second half.
Sutherland pulled Coast Guard to within nine at 54-45 with a little more than seven minutes to play, but the Cougars answered back with a 10-4 run capped by a Megan Grondin (Cumberland, Maine) steal and fast break finish upping the Clark edge to its peak at 64-49.
The Bears made one final sprint, getting the lead down to eight with 1:32 after a Sutherland steal and finish but Clark, who shot a sizzling 20-for-23 from the free throw line, sealed the game with 7-for-8 stretch from the charity stripe over the next minute.
Coast Guard won the battle of the boards behind a double-double from Karli Collins (Delavan, Wisc.), who totaled 11 points and ten rebounds.
Neither team shot the ball well, with Clark connecting on 42 percent from the field and the Bears making just 22 of their 69 attempts (32 percent).
Clark took advantage of 16 Coast Guard turnovers, turning them into 20 points and the Cougars had a 32-22 edge in points in the paint.
Sutherland led all scorers with a career-high 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including a 5-for-10 display from behind the arc. She added eight rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes of action.
Condon ended with a season-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds and a game-best six assists, while Kelsey Giedymin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) chipped in with a season-best 16 points. Grondin and Reilly, meanwhile, each added 15 points apiece and Cohn did a little bit of everything, collecting four points, nine rebounds and a career-high six blocks.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday for NEWMAC contests. The Bears play host to MIT, while Clark visits Mount Holyoke.