DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - In a game that saw 24 lead changes, Coast Guard was able to pull out a 67-65 win over Colby in the second day of the Land of Magic Classic hosted by Embry-Riddle University.
Junior Meghan Fornaro continued to impress in Florida as she dropped 20 points against the Mules. Fornaro was 8-13 (61.5%) from the floor and 66.7% (4-6) from beyond the arc. This is the second game in a row that the junior had 20 or more points for the Bears.
Junior Torie Sutherland fell one rebound short of a double double as she scored twelve points, grabbed nine rebounds, and scored the game winning basket. Senior Alexi Howland added 13 points and six rebounds of her own.
Colby was led by junior Carylanne Wolfington who had a game high 25 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Caitlyn Nolan had 14 points and six rebounds respectively.
Howland led the charge at the start of the game as she scored nine points early on helping lead the Bears to a 15-13 lead at the 14:36 mark.
Coast Guard took their largest lead of the game with 11:45 left in the first half as a Fornaro three pointer made the score 20-14.
The Mules battled right back as they scored the next seven points and took the lead at 21-20 with under ten minutes left in the half. Wolfington and Nolan combined to score the seven points for Colby capping it off with a Wolfington layup.
With neither team taking more than a three point lead throughout the rest of the half it looked like both teams would go into the half sharing the lead at 34. However, Howland managed to find Fornaro behind the three point line and the junior drained the shot with one second left on the clock to give the Bears a 37-34 lead to start the second half.
The Mules would manage their largest lead of the game in the second half as they took a five point advantage with 11:12 left in the game. Senior Kate Parsons capped off the six point run for Colby with a made jumper.
Coast Guard did not let the Mule's lead last long as senior Jamie Waterman completed and old fashion three point play to reclaim the upper hand at 51-50 with under ten minutes left in the game.
The Bears attempted to take control of the game with 6:10 left in the half as a layup by senior Dani Knox made the score 59-54.
Colby continued to hang around late and tied the game at 65 when senior Brooke Chandor scored a three pointer with only 2:34 left on the clock.
The score would stay knotted until a turnover by the Mules allowed Coast Guard to call a timeout with 32 seconds left in the game. The Bears came out of the timeout and let the clock run all the way down to five seconds when Sutherland made her way to the basket for the go ahead layup. The Mules were able to put up one final shot but missed securing a 67-65 victory for Coast Guard.
The Bears shot 51.9% (27-52) from the floor and made seven of the fifteen (46.7%) three pointers they took. Coast Guard also dominated the paint outscoring Colby 34-20 helping push their record to 4-4 on the year.
The Mules shot 24-66 (36.4%) for the game and 26.7% (8-30) from beyond the arc. Colby forced 18 turnovers which they turned into 21 points compared to the Bears 10 but could not overcome Sutherland's late basket dropping their record to 8-2 on the year.
Coast Guard finishes up their southern road trip a perfect 2-0 at the Land of Magic Classic. The Bears return to action after the New Year when they host NEWMAC rival Babson on January 3rd. The game will tip off at 1:00 pm.