Fornaro Leads Bears Past MIT

Fornaro Leads Bears Past MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Freshman Meghan Fornaro had a couple of key baskets in the final five minutes and her free throw with five seconds left iced the game as Coast Guard beat MIT 36-32 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Fornaro, who led the Bears with nine rebounds, had six of her team-high tying  ten points in the final five minutes as she scored the Bears final six points in the win. Junior Kaitlin Ward also had ten points as Coast Guard, which had won just one conference game in each of the last two seasons, improved to 2-1 in NEWMAC play and 4-3 overall.

The Engineers matched its largest lead of the game with a 28-22 lead with 8:31 left in the game, but a layup by freshman Victoria Sutherland and a 3-pointer by sophomore Alexi Howland, the Bears first trey of the game, quickly cut the deficit to 28-27 with 7:32 left in the second half.

Coast Guard took its first lead of the half on a hoop by Fornaro with 5:34 left and sophomore Jamie Waterman made one-of-two free throws to cap an 8-0 run and the Bears led 30-28 with 5:31 left.

Fornaro hit a 3-pointer with 4:53 left to break a tie and give the Bears the lead for good 33-30. Fornaro added a key bucket with 38 seconds left to push the lead to 35-32.

MIT jumped out to an 7-2 lead in the first four minutes before the Bears scored nine straight capped on a free throw by sophomore Jamie Waterman with 10:38 to take an 11-7 lead.

MIT led 18-15 at the break with Michelle Battipaglia leading the Engineers with seven first half points off the bench while junior Kaitlin Ward led the Bears with eight points in the opening half.

Both teams struggled offensively throughout the game. Coast Guard was 14 of 46 from the floor (30.4 percent), 6 for 17 from the foul line and made 2 of 7 from behind the arc.
The Engineers shot just 25.9 percent (14-54) from the floor and made only 2 of 18 from 3-point range, while making 2 of 10 from the foul line, and dropped to a 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

"Tonight was a great win," said head coach Alex Ivansheck. "I'm so proud at how the players stepped up to the challenge and pulled out a tough win on the road."