Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Coast Guard held Clark University to 33 percent shooting and without a basket for the final 3:53 of the game on their way to their third straight win – a 66-58 triumph over the Cougars – in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday evening.
Score: Coast Guard 66, Clark University 58
Records: Coast Guard (6-13, 4-7 NEWMAC); Clark University (12-8, 5-7 NEWMAC)
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Bears led for nearly 30 minutes of game action but when Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) picked off an outlet pass and raced in for an easy hoop the game was knotted at 39-39 midway through the third quarter.
Coast Guard answered with a 10-2 run highlighted by a back-to-back hoops from Jill Bray (Glastonbury, Conn.) and when Gil Gerton (Lorton, Va.) connected on a pair of free throws, the Bears were in front, 49-41.
Clark did steal a little momentum back when Gwyneth Ivory (Ashland, Mass.) scored on a putback before the quarter ended but Johanna Moolenaar (Denver, N.C.) opened the fourth period by scoring all six of her points in a three minute span and Coast Guard bumped their lead out to 54-45.
The Cougars were able to whittle down the Bears' lead as the period wore on as Sami Dokus (Littleton, Mass.) provided a spark with a nifty reverse layup and then Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) knocked down a wing jumper.
Clark actually got to within one at 56-55 after Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) made a pair from the charity stripe but jumpers from Michaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Gerton gave the Bears some breathing room with around a minute left. That duo then sealed the win by going a combined 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 44 seconds.
The Scarlet and White, meanwhile, went cold after Wilder's jumper, going 0-for-4 with two turnovers following her basket that made the score 56-53.
Inside The Boxscore:
The game was incredibly even, with the rebounding battle a draw (36-36), both teams committed 20+ turnovers and both shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line.
For The Foes:
Zoe Rilis-Fallica (Patchogue, N.Y.) totaled a career-high 16 points, draining four of her six three-point attempts. Gerton racked up 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Martinelli added ten points and Breanna Wood (Somerset, Mass.) just missed out on a double-double with seven points and ten rebounds.
Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) had a team-high 13 points for Clark, while O'Gara had ten points, seven assists and four steals. Ezemma, who came off the bench, recorded another double-double, finishing with ten points and 11 boards.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday with the Bears hosting WPI and the Cougars traveling to face MIT.