SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Junior Meghan Fornaro had an outstanding all around game as she led all players with 16 points, six assists and six steals and Coast Guard held off a 14-0 late second half run by Skidmore to beat the host Thoroughbreds 67-63 in the Skidmore Invitational Tournament.
Fornaro, who earned a spot on the All-tournament team, led four Coast Guard players in double figures as senior Alexi Howland, also named to the All-tournament team, had 14 points, freshman Gill Gerton 11 and senior Dani Knox finished with ten points in the win. Junior Torie Sutherland added nine points and a team-high ten rebounds for the Bears.
Coast Guard appeared have the game in hand leading 61-47 with 5:57 left before Skidmore exploded for 14 straight to tie the game 61-61 with 2:43 left.
Howland ended the drought for the Bears with a 3-pointer with 2:18 left giving the Bears a 64-61 lead.
Skidmore trailed 65-63 and had the ball, but Sutherland had a steal with three seconds left and Howland made a pair of free throws with 0.8 seconds left to seal the win for the Bears.
Coast Guard evens its record at 1-1 while the Thoroughbreds drop to 0-2 on the young season.
"Overall we had a great weekend," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck. "We knew coming into this tournament that we were facing some great competition with Cortland and Skidmore. It was nice to bounce back from a tight loss yesterday and get the win today. We saw great things from our seasoned players plus were impressed with the contributions from our newcomers."
Fornaro, who led the Bears with 21 points in the season-opening loss on Saturday was …..
Coast Guard shot 45.6 percent from the floor (26-57) while making 8 of 21 from 3-point range. Skidmore was 20 of 63 (31.7 percent) from the field and made 7 of 23 from behind the arc.
The Bears jumped out to an 8-0 lead following a 3-pointer by junior Torie Sutherland with 17:02 left in the first half. Senior Alexi Howland's trey gave the Bears their first double figure lead of the game, 21-11 with 10:17 left in the half.
The Howland trey started a 9-0 run for the Bears, who led 27-11 with 6:29 left in the opening half. Coast Guard led 38-21 at halftime.
Skidmore cut the deficit to ten at 40-30 with 13:48 left before six straight by the Bears pushed the lead back to 46-30 with a 12:19 left.
Knox and Gerton each added four steals while Knox and Howland had three assists each in the win for Coast Guard.
Skidmore outrebounded the Bears 47-33 including 24 offensive rebounds.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they travel to UMass-Dartmouth for a 1 p.m. tip.