PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Coast Guard dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to host Johnson & Wales this afternoon, 62-53, in non-conference action to drop to 1-1 on the season. It was the season opener for the Wildcats who move to 1-0.
Coast Guard controlled the action early and held an 18-7 lead after a layup by sophomore Jamie Waterman with 10:23 left in the first half. Johnson & Wales climbed back into the game and cut the lead to 20-16 after a pair of free throws by junior Samantha Hendrick with 1:39 left in the half. Coast Guard would take a 26-19 lead into the locker room at halftime, out-rebounding the Wildcats25-18 and holding them to just 14.3% shooting from the field.
Freshman Andrea Barrameda came off the bench and knocked down both her three-point attempts to lead the Bears with six points in the half while sophomore Dani Knox had five points and four rebounds in the first.
The visiting Bears held a 35-25 advantage on a layup by freshman Victoria Sutherland (Houston, Texas) with 15:59 left in regulation. Once again, JWU responded and went on a 10-0 run to knot the game 35-35 with 10:45 remaining. Coast Guard then used a 13-5 run and took the 48-40 lead on a three pointer by freshman Meghan Fornaro with 5:20 on the clock. An 8-0 run by the Wildcats, capped by a pair of free throws by senior Marina Millian would tie the game at 48-48 with :17 left. Regulation would end in the 48-48 tie.
Johnson & Wales took their first lead of the game with 3:13 left in overtime when a free throw by Millian gave the Wildcats the 50-49 lead. JWU then controlled the action down the stretch to take the 62-53 victory. JWU forced Coast Guard into 24 turnovers and held the Bears to 29.8% shooting from the field.
Coast Guard was paced by Knox who finished with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals while Fornaro added nine points, five boards and three assists in the loss for the Bears. Sutherland also had nine points and five rebounds off the bench for the Bears.
The Wildcats were led by Millian who tallied a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. Sophomore Natalie DiCocco was also in double figures with 15 points and three boards in the victory for the Wildcats.
Coast guard returns to the court on Monday, November 19th when they travel to Curry College in non-conference action. Tip-off is set for 6:00p.