NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sophomore Torie Sutherland's basket with 1:02 left gave Coast Guard the lead for good as the Bears remained unbeaten by holding off Wellesley 69-68 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Junior Dani Knox hit a big jumper with 18 seconds left to push the Bears lead to 69-66 before Weaver drove the lane for an uncontested layup with six seconds left to make the score 69-68.
Coast Guard junior Brittney Zimmerman missed the front end of a one and one with 4.1 seconds left. Sophomore Chelsi Scott got rebound and threw a pass to senior Leslie Leong, who missed a desperation half court shot as time expired.
Coast Guard improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play, its first 2-0 start in the NEWMAC since the 2007-'08 season while Wellesley drops to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Bears shot a sizzling 62.5 percent from the field in the first half (15-24) and led 41-37 at halftime as junior Alexi Howland led the way with ten points off the bench in the opening 20 minutes. Coast Guard led by as many as ten (36-26) in the first half.
Coast Guard pushed the lead back to ten by scoring the first six points of the second half, the first four by senior Kaitlin Ward, to take a 47-37 lead with 17:26 left in the game.
The Blue cut the lead to 49-47 with 13:35 left using an 11-2 spurt. Wellesley took its first lead of the second half 54-43 on free throw by Weaver with 9:03 left.
Knox's bucket with 5:39 gave Coast Guard a 63-58 lead, but the Blue would come back to tie the game 65-65 on layup by junior Natalie Anderson with 1:22 left, 20 seconds before Sutherland gave the Bears the lead for good.
Ward had her second straight double-double as she finished with a 16 points and 12 rebounds, both season-highs. Sutherland added 14 points, Knox had a season-high 12 points while Howland had a season-high ten points, all in the first half in the win.
Junior Brittney Zimmerman had nine points to go with a game-high seven assists for Coast Guard.
Senior Leslie Leong led Wellesley with 18 points and six rebounds while freshman Allis Hanley also had a team-high six rebounds.
Weaver finished with 13 points, Anderson had 12 points while junior Meghan Sargent had ten points for the Blue.
Coast Guard shot 51.9 percent from the field (28-54) while making 3 of 9 from 3-point range. Wellesley shot 47.9 percent from the floor (23-48) and were great from behind the arc, hitting 8 of 12.
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday night when they host MIT in a NEWMAC game at 7:30 p.m.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH ALEX IVANSHECK