Bears Drop Fourth Straight
NEW LONDON, CONN.--(12/8/11)--Senior Ellie Giles had 14 points and seven rebounds and Smith scored the final ten points of the game as the Pioneers beat Coast Guard 57-42 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Smith improves to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play while Coast Guard drops its fourth straight to drop to 4-4 overall and 0-4 in the NEWMAC
Coast Guard trailed 47-42 following a basket by sophomore Kaitlin Ward with 5:03 left, but that would be the Bears final points of the game as Smith scored the final ten including back-to-back buckets by Giles to start the run.
The Pioneers led 27-19 at halftime and 29-19 following a hoop by Giles with 19:13 left in the game before the Bears scored nine straight cutting the lead to 29-28 with 15:35 left. Smith quickly responded with a 10-3 run for a 39-31 lead with 12:11 left in the game.
Junior Devon Quattrocchi added 12 points in the win for Smith as the Pioneers shot 44.4 percent from the floor (24-54) while making just two of ten from 3-point range.
Sophomore Kaitlin Ward had a game-high 19 points to lead Coast Guard while freshman Alexi Howland led the way with a career-high eight rebounds to go with four assists.
Coast Guard is off until the New Year, when the Bears travel nationally ranked Babson on Jan. 4th with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.