Elizabethtown Holds on for Victory Over Bears

Micaela Martinelli led Coast Guard with 20 points
Micaela Martinelli led Coast Guard with 20 points

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Coast Guard women's basketball fell on the road, 69-61 to Elizabethtown on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action. The Bears drop to 3-8 on the season and Elizabethtown improves to 7-4.

Micaela Martinelli led Coast Guard with 20 points, going 9-24 from the field, 2-9 from three-point range, and brought down 10 rebounds. Kyra Hartman finished with 11 points and five rebounds for the Bears.

Lydia Lawson paced the Blue Jays with a game-high 21 points. Marissa Emlet and Veronica Christ both recorded double-doubles in the game. Emlet tallied 12 points with 11 rebounds and Christ chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Elizabethtown took the lead from the beginning. Lawson scored 11 of her points in the first half. Emlet and Christ scored the first nine points for the Blue Jays, as they jumped to a 9-5 lead throughout the first seven minutes. Coast Guard finished the first quarter trailing 16-11. Coast Guard rallied to make an 8-2 run with the final three minutes of play in the half, but the Blue Jays held on to the lead, 29-23 heading into halftime.

The Bears had a strong third quarter as they outshot the Blue Jays, 21-18. Hartman and Martinelli opened the half for Coast Guard with a layup each and Zoe Riis-Fallica sunk a three as they brought the Bears within two, 32-30. Coast Guard continued to battle and finished the third quarter with a 47-44 deficit.

Elizabethtown outshot Coast Guard 22-17 in the final quarter, but at 7:39 Emma Puddington made a jump shot that sparked an 11-3 run for the Bears to bring them within reach, 56-55. The Blue Jays held on to extend their lead in the final minutes of play to take the 69-61 final. 

Coast Guard shot 31.9% (23-72) from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from three-point range. Elizabethtown was 32.8% (22-67) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from behind the arc, and had a 54-47 advantage in rebounds.

Coast Guard will return home and back in to NEWMAC play against Wellesley on Saturday, January 5 at 1:00 PM.