Fornaro, Sutherland Lead Bears Past Wellesley

Meghan Fornaro
Meghan Fornaro

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Meghan Fornaro had a game-high 21 points and classmate Torie Sutherland recorded her second straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds leading Coast Guard to a 64-45 win over Wellesley in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Coast Guard improves to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the NEWMAC while Wellesley dropped its fifth straight to dip to 5-12 overall and 2-7 in conference play.

Sutherland capped quite a week as she had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a win over WPI on Wednesday night.

"I like what I saw from our players today, a lot of hustle and just physical play" said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck. "Coming into the game we knew Wellesley is a very good defensive team and they like to slow things down. Our focus was to push the pace and battle on the boards, which we did."

Senior Alexi Howland added 12 points and a season-high six assists while classmate Leigha Steinbeck had a career-high ten rebounds.

Coast Guard outrebounded Wellesley 51-24 including 26 offensive rebounds.

Kayla Jang led Wellesley with 13 points while Ailis Hanley and Morgyne Weaver each finished with ten points. Jang and Hanley led the Blue with five rebounds each.

The Bears, who led by eight at halftime, scored six straight to take a 40-27 with 12:52 left and Wellesley never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Wellesley pulled to with 51-42 on a 3-pointer by Jang with 3:56 left, but that would be the Blue's final field goal of the game as Coast Guard outscored them 13-3 the rest of the way

The Bears started fast jumping out to a 9-0 lead just over three minutes into the game with Sutherland scoring the final four of the run.

Wellesley would respond with seven straight making the score 9-7 with 13:17 left in the opening half.

The Bears leading 19-16 with 6:08 left would score seven of the next eight and hold the Blue to just one field goal the rest of the half taking a 29-21 lead into halftime.

Coast Guard dominated the glass in the first half as they outrebounded the Blue 32-11 with 17 offensive rebounds. Sutherland had eight rebounds to lead to Bears in the opening half.

The Bears finished 20 for 60 from the field (33.3 percent) while making 6 of 26 from behind the arc while Wellesley shot 32.4 percent from the floor (12 for 37) and made 2 of 10 from 3-point range.

Coast Guard is back in action on Monday when they host Albertus Magnus in a non-conference game at 7 p.m.

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