-Score: Coast Guard Academy 96, Clark University 52
-Records: Clark (7-10, NEWMAC 3-5), Coast Guard (5-11, NEWMAC 4-4)
-Location: New London, Conn.
-The Lead: Senior Micaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) scored a career-high 26 points to lead Coast Guard to a 96-52 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Clark University on Wednesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-First year Emma Puddington (Castorland, N.Y.) scored the first five points of the game as the Bears took an early 5-0 lead. Junior Zoe Riis-Fallica (Patchogue, N.Y.) and sophomore Annabella Farabaugh (Atlanta, Ga.) sunk back-to-back three pointers for the Bears to extend their lead 18-10. Coast Guard held on to the lead as they finished the first quarter with a 28-20 advantage.
-Martinelli scored 14 of her points in the second quarter, while Farabaugh and Laura Irish (Boise, Idaho) combined for 10 points in the quarter for the Bears. With 1:09 remaining, Irish scored from three point range to spark a 9-2 run for the Bears to close out the half, 59-38.
-The Bears shutdown Clark in the second half, only allowing the Cougars to score 14 points, including just one point in the final quarter of play. Freshman Julia Guerrero (Rohnert Park, Calif.) scored 10 points for the Bears in the fourth quarter as they took the 96-52 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Martinelli was 11-13 from the field and 4-5 from the free-throw line to lead the Bears. Irish added 15 points for Coast Guard going 6-7 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc. Puddington chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.
-Coast Guard shot 49.4% from the field while Clark shot 25.4%. The Cougars shot 60% from the free-throw line (15-for-25) while the Bears shot 58.8% (10-for-17).
-The Bears edged Clark in rebounding 55-40.
-Clark hosts MIT in NEWMAC action on Saturday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m.
-The Bears return to action on Saturday, January 19 when they travel to Wheaton at 1:00 PM.