-Score: Coast Guard Academy 70, Clark University 56
-Records: Clark (10-14, NEWMAC 4-11), Coast Guard (13-11, NEWMAC 7-8)
-Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team was defeated by the Bears of Coast Guard University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday evening. Senior Gillian Gerton (Lorton, Va.) led all scorers with 18 points and she added a game-highs of 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the Bears to Victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Bears jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but Clark would use a 9-2 run over the final 3:13 of the quarter cutting the deficit to 16-13 after one.
-Sophomore Laura Irish (Boise, Idaho) would hit a 3-pointer with 7:25 left in the first half to cap an 8-2 run to start the second quarter as Coast Guard took a 24-15 lead. The Bears led 36-31 at halftime.
-Gerton led the way in the first half with 10 points and nine rebounds while junior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) had 12 first half points to lead the Cougars.
-Coast Guard started the second half on a 14-0 run as the Bears put the game away opening up a 50-31 lead on a layup by Gerton with 4:15 left in the third quarter. Gerton had eight points in the run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-It was Gerton's 24th career double-double and her seventh of the season. Irish tied a season-high 11 points in the win.
-Ezemma led Clark with 16 points, freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) added 12 points while junior Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) had a team-high nine rebounds for the Cougars.
-Coast Guard shot 37 percent in the win (27-73) while connecting on 6 of 25 from 3-point range. The Cougars were 20 of 58 from the field (34.5 percent) and hit 4 of 16 from behind the arc.
-Clark hits the road again on Saturday, February 17th when they take on Smith College in NEWMAC action
-The Bears close out the regular season on Saturday at MIT in a NEWMAC game at 3:00.