Bears Snap Babson's 85-Game NEWMAC Winning Steak
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Sophomore Torie Sutherland led all scorers with 23 points while junior Brittney Zimmerman added 17 points and a game-high eight assists as Coast Guard ended Babson's 85-game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) winning streak stunning the Beavers 71-65 in the conference opener for both schools.
Coast Guard (2-0), which had lost 13 straight games to Babson dating back to the 2005-'06 season, recorded just its second win ever at Babson and first since a 53-31 win on January 21, 1997.
Babson, the five-time defending NEWMAC tournament champions and preseason favorite to win the NEWMAC for the fifth straight regular season, drops to 0-3 on the year.
"I couldn't be more proud of our players and their effort tonight," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck. "It's tough facing a NEWMAC opponent this early in the season, but I thought our players showed such heart and hustle on the court. Babson deserves a lot of credit as well, they never gave up and made some tough runs at us."
Senior Kaitlin Ward registered a double-double as she finished with 12 points and a game-high ten rebounds. Sophomore Meghan Fornaro had a career-high seven assists while Zimmerman and Fornaro each had a game-high three steals in the win.
The Beavers started fast as Young buried three of her four three-pointers in the opening 4:32 to take a 12-9 lead. Coast Guard rallied though, ripping off an 11-3 run to grab a lead that they would not relinquish. Junior Dani Knox hit a layup following a timeout, and after one free throw by Kristen Ferola, Zimmerman buried the first of her three three-pointers to go ahead 14-13. The teams then traded scores before junior Jamie Waterman and Sutherland scored back-to-back buckets to put the Bears in front 20-15 with 7:47 left in the period.
Coast Guard pushed its first-half lead to as many as seven following a three-pointer from sophomore Meghan Fornaro with two minutes left in the stanza, but three points from sophomore Megan Otto helped the Green and White pull within 28-24 at the break.
The Bears led 43-39 with 12:12 left in the game when they went on a 12-2 run to take their largest lead of the night at 55-41 with 7:08 left.
Zimmerman buried a three-pointer and Ward followed with a layup two possessions later to go up 48-39. Heavern converted a layup for the Beavers, but Sutherland answered with a triple, followed by hoops from Ward and Knox to give Coast Guard its biggest lead of the game at 55-41 with 7:08 to go.
Babson made a late push, scoring on seven of its next nine possessions, which included a three-pointer from junior Lindsey Roche and a three-point play from Ferola on back-to-back possessions to get within 62-58 with 2:36 left in the game. Sutherland made a pair of late jumpers and the Bears knocked down three late free throws, though, as Coast Guard handed the Beavers their first NEWMAC loss since February 18, 2009.
Coast Guard shot 44.1 percent from the floor (26-59) including 51.5 percent in the second half (17-33). The Bears were 6 of 14 from behind the arc (42.9 percent) and outrebounded the Beavers 36-35.
Babson shot 42.1 percent from the field (24-57) and hit 5 of 17 from 3-point range.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears will host Wellesley at 1 p.m.