NEW LONDON, Conn. – Wellesley overcame a five points halftime deficit to top Coast Guard 65-55 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon.
With the loss the Bears fall to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The Blue improve to 4-9 on the year and earn their second NEWMAC win of the season, moving to 2-5.
Junior Micaela Martinelli led Coast Guard with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Freshman Annabella Farabaugh scored seven points with three rebounds while sophomore Breanna Wood finished with a game high eight rebounds.
Sophomore Caitlin Aguirre had a game high 20 points, 13 in the second half, on 8-15 shooting for Wellesley. Freshman Lane Arkangel scored 14 points with five rebounds and senior Chelsea Brown finished with nine points, four assists and two steals.
The Bears held a seven point advantage at the end of the first quarter as Farabaugh and Martinelli both knocked down three pointers to end the period giving Coast Guard a 17-10 lead.
The Blue started the second quarter on a 11-4 run to tie the game at 21 on a made layup by sophomore Kendall You Mak with 5:07 left to play in the half.
The Bears turned around and went on a 9-4 run, including the final five points of the period, to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room. Martinellei finished the first half with eight points while senior Gillian Gerton had four points and four rebounds.
Wellesley wasted little time taking their first lead off the game at the start of the third quarter as senior Kayla Jang hit a three to start the period followed by a jumper by Aguirre making it all square at 30. Brown then followed up Aguirre's made basket with a steal and the layup making the score 32-30 with 8:45 left in the third quarter, forcing a Coast Guard timeout.
After the Bears took the lead back 35-34, on a made three pointer by Martinelli with 6:37 on the clock, the Blue led for the rest of the quarter finishing with a 46-42 lead going into the final period.
Wellesley took complete control of the game in the fourth quarter pushing their lead all the way to 12 as the Blue finished off the come-from-behind victory, 65-55.
Coast Guard finished the game going 21-48 (43.8%) from the floor and shot 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc.
Wellesley shot 51.1% (24-47) overall and made 4-13 (30.8%) from three. The Blue took advantage of 22 turnovers by the Bears scoring 29 points off turnovers.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, January 17th, when they travel to South Hadley, Massachusetts for the teams second game of the season against Mount Holyoke. Opening tip is 7:00.