NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Gillian Gerton scored a career high 22 points as Coast Guard took down Johnson & Wales 70-53 in non-conference action.
With the win the Bears improve to 4-4 overall while the Wildcats fall to 5-4 on the season.
Gerton added seven rebounds to go with her 22 points. Junior Micaela Martinelli notched her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Breanna Wood came off the bench to score 10 points and grab five rebounds while senior Jill Bray dropped in nine points and had a team high three steals.
Johnson & Wales was led by junior Ally Mishol who scored a team high 21 points. Senior Raquel Pederzani added nine points, four rebounds and four steals while senior Kristen Habbel had a game high eight assists.
The Wildcats led through the early part of the opening quarter as they pushed their lead to four at 6:14 when Habbel knocked down a three pointer, making the score 12-8.
The Bears however took their first lead of the night at the 4:40 mark as Wood and Gerton knocked down back-to-back layups for the 12-11 lead.
Coast Guard continued to lead through the end of the first and into the second taking a 35-26 lead into the locker room. Gerton (13 points) and Martinelli (15 points) led the way for the Bears in the opening half.
Coast Guard came out of the locker room in the second half and hammered down on the accelerator going on a 13-4 run, capped off by a layup by sophomore Laura Irish at the 4:08 mark making the score 48-28.
The Wildcats were never able to get back within single digits the rest of the way as the Bears wrapped up the 17 points win and their first victory over Johnson & Wales since the 2011-12 season when they won 78-58.
Coast Guard shot a season high 50% (28-56) from the floor while going 4-17 (23.5%) from beyond the arc. The Bears saw their biggest advantage in the paint as they outscored the Wildcats 38-10.
Johnson & Wales were 19-64 (29.7%) overall and knocked down 25% (5-20) of their three's. The Wildcats managed to force 27 turnovers, but could only turn the thefts into 18 points.
Coast Guard finished up their 2017 portion of their schedule and will return to action on January 2nd, when they host NESCAC foe Trinity at 3:00.