NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard had a season high 27 assists on 32 made field goals as the third seeded Bears beat sixth seeded MIT 81-56 in the NEWMAC quarterfinals pushing their school record winning streak to 12. The Bears will make their first appearance in the conference semifinals since the 2007-08 season.
Freshman Gill Gerton had a career high 18 points, ten rebounds, and four assists for her third double-double of the season. Junior Meghan Fornaro chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while senior Dani Knox and junior Torie Sutherland each scored in double figures as well as Sutherland had 13 points, eight rebounds and Knox scored 12 of her own.
The Beavers were led by junior Sabrina Drammis who had 18 points and ten rebounds. Junior Maya Ramachandran had 15 points and nine rebounds while senior Mari Kordell had 14 points.
MIT had the lead in the early going of the game as a jumper from Kordell made the score 9-4 with 16:39 on the clock.
Coast Guard took off from there as they went on a 20-3 run to put the Bears up 24-12 with 8:28 left in the first half. Senior Alexi Howland went 3-3 from beyond the arc during this run while Knox added five points.
MIT would not go quietly as they cut the lead to six at the 5:39 mark as Drammis and Ramanchandran would combine for eight of the Beavers next ten points making the score 28-22.
Coast Guard would finish the half however on a 20-8 run as Fornaro poured in eight points with two three pointers over this stretch to go into the break with a 48-30 lead.
The Bears shot the lights out in the first half as they went 56.8% (18-32) from the floor and where 7-9 (77.8%) from three. MIT also shot well in the first going 12-26 (46.2%) and shot 42.9% (3-7) from beyond the arc but could not keep up with the Coast Guard onslaught.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Bears pushed their lead to 24 on a Gerton layup with 11:51 left in the game, making the score 67-43.
Coast Guard stretched their lead to 25, three more times in the second half and finished off the scoring with a Fornaro layup with 1:29 left on the clock making the final score 81-56.
The Bears finished the game shooting 49.2% (32-65) and a season high 10-20 (50%) from three point land. Coast Guard is now 19-7 on the season which ties the 2013-14 team for the second highest win total in school history. The Bears bench also did significant damage outscoring the Beavers Bench 30-0.
MIT was 21-58 (36.2%) for the game while shooting 33.3% (5-15) from three bringing their season record to 11-15.
The Bears will face the two seed Wheaton in the NEWMAC semifinals at Springfield College on Saturday, at 3:30. Coast Guard has swept the season series against the Lyons winning both the home and away game. The winner of this game will play in the championship game on Sunday at 1:00 pm.