NEW LONDON, Conn.—Freshman Meghan Fornaro led all scorers with 18 points while classmate Victoria Sutherland had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds as host Coast Guard gave head coach Alex Ivansheck her first collegiate win beating Mitchell 76-36 in the season opener for two New London schools.
Junior Kaitlin Ward scored all nine of her points in the first half as Coast Guard led 39-17 at the break.
Fornaro had an outstanding collegiate debut hitting six of nine from the floor, while hitting all three shots from 3-point range.
The Bears dominated the glass as they outrebounded Mitchell 69-30 with 35 offensive rebounds in the win.
Junior Larla Brown added 11 rebounds to go with her five points for the Bears, who shot 32.9 percent from the field (26-79) and made 7 for 16 from 3-point range.
Senior Kaylee Cerruto and sophomore Zilka Navarro each had 11 points to lead the Mariners while freshman Amanda Garcia led Mitchell with seven rebounds.
Mitchell was 13 of 54 from the floor (24.1 percent) while making 3 of 13 from 3-point range.
Post-game Comments from Head Coach Alex Ivansheck