BABSON PARK, Mass. —Senior Dani Knox had 13 points and eight rebounds leading the Bears to a 54-43 victory over Wellesley in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play on Saturday night at Babson College's Staake Gymnasium.
With the victory, the Bears moves to 1-1 in conference play and 2-3 overall on the season while the Blue slip to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in NEWMAC games.
Senior Morgyne Weaver had a game high18 points and chipped in eight rebounds to lead Wellesley.
The Bears never trailed throughout and opened the contest with a 10-2 run in the first two minutes of the game. Knox scored the first two of her team-high 13 points, converting a layup between a pair of three-pointers from senior Leigha Steinbeck and Sutherland. Fornaro then capped the run with a layup of her own.
Hanley ended the early Coast Guard run with a layup at 15:22 of the first but Knox and the Bears continued to pull away in the early going. The Coast Guard senior then knocked down the next two shots of the game, helping the Bears to eventually grow their lead to 14 points, at 25-11, with 5:41 left in the first. Coast Guard would then take a 13-point advantage into the break thanks to a 29-16 lead.
Wellesley opened the second half with an 8-0 run, closing the gap to 29-24 with 13:36 remaining. Weaver led the charge in the opening minutes of the second half, knocking down three unanswered baskets before senior Meghan Sargent capped the run with a pair of free throws.
The Bears responded by knocking down four-consecutive buckets, including a pair of three-pointers, to once again take a double-digit advantage, this time at 39-24, with 8:56 left in regulation.
Wellesley put together an 8-2 run to again knock the Coast Guard advantage under double-figures, at 41-32, with just over five minutes to play. However, a three from Coast Guard's senior Alexi Howland made the score 44-32 and ended the Blue run with 4:56 to play. Knox then closed out the game for the Bears, scoring seven of their final nine points as Coast Guard took the 54-43 victory.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday December 9th when they host cross town rival Conn. College. Tip-off is 7:00 pm.