January 22, 2014

Bears Fall at Wellesley in Defensive Struggle

WELLESLEY, Mass.-Sophomore Torie Sutherland registered a double-double but it wasn't enough as the Coast Guard women's basketball team fell to Wellesley 44-38 with first place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference on the line.

The loss snaps a modest three-game winning streak for Coast Guard who falls to 13-3 (9-3 NEWMAC) to remain in second place. This the second consecutive year that Coast Guard and Wellesley (13-2, 10-1 NEWMAC) – who remains in first place in the NEWMAC – have split the regular season series.

The Bears had no answer for sophomore Chelsi Scott who came off the bench to score game-high 14 points and haul down 10 rebounds, including three of the offensive variety.

Sutherland scored all 11 of her points in the first half, narrowly missing a 20-minute double-double by recording nine of her game-high 13 rebounds in the first stanza.

Juniors Brittney Zimmerman (8 points) and Dani Knox (7) as well as sophomore Meghan Fornaro (7) all helped the offensive output for the Bears. Senior Kaitlin Ward gathered in a game-best three steals.

Coast Guard didn't score their first points until the 11:38 mark of the first half, spotting Wellesley a 7-0 lead. Coast Guard would go on a 17-2 run spanning 11:13 and both halves to take a 21-13 lead but the Bears were outscored 31-17 the rest of the way.

Coast Guard held Wellesley to just 27.7 percent shooting (1-10 from three) but the Blue converted 17-of-19 free throw opportunities which helped offset 24 turnovers. By comparison, Coast Guard shot just 22.2 (3-21 from deep) and converted just 7-of-13 attempts from the charity stripe.

Coast Guard returns to action on Saturday, January 25th when they travel to take on MIT at 7:00 pm.

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