Bears Hold Off Curry 55-53

Bears Hold Off Curry 55-53

MILTON, MASS.—Freshman Meghan Fornaro had a team-high 14 points and had a key steal in the closing seconds while classmate Andrea Barrameda had a career-high 13 points as Coast Guard beat host Curry 55-53 in a non-conference game.

Fornaro and Barrameda both hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range to lead the Bears to the win. Fornaro was 5 for 8 from the floor while all of Barrameda's shots were treys.

Curry (2-1) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes. The Colonels led 24-16 with 2:50 left before the Bears finished the half on a 7-1 run to cut  the deficit to 25-23 at the break.

The Colonels opened the lead to 30-24 with 14:49 left in the game, but the Bears battled back and tied the game 34-34 on a pair of free throws by freshman Victoria Sutherland with 11:16 remaining and took the lead 37-34 on a 3-pointer by Barrameda with 10:14 left to cap a 13-4 spurt.

Barrameda hit another huge 3-pointer, which gave the Bears the lead for good, to break a 37-37 tie with 8:47 left. She added a pair of free throws with 8:14 left and another free throw with 7:03 left before junior Larla Brown's bucket with 6:30 left capped an 8-0 run as Coast Guard led 45-37.

Coast Guard led 48-42 following a pair of free throws by sophomore Alexi Howland before four straight pulled Curry to 48-46 with 3:30 left in the game.

Fornaro hit a key 3-pointer with 3:06 to push the lead to 51-46. The Bears led 53-48 with 2:32 left following a hoop by sophomore Jamie Waterman, but the Colonels cut the lead to just one at 53-52 with 1:50 remaining in the game.

Barrameda made one of two free throws with nine seconds left to give the Bears a 55-53 lead after Curry's Jeanette Fallon made just one of two with a chance to tie the game with 40 ticks on the clock.

Curry had the ball with in the closing seconds, but the steal by Fornaro sealed the game as the Bears improved to 2-1 on the season.

Waterman finished with a season-high 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the win for Coast Guard while Sutherland finished with seven rebounds and Brown and senior Karli Collins each added six boards.

The Bears were 18 for 54 from the floor (33.3 percent) while hitting 7 of 20 from 3-point range in the win while Curry also shot 33.3 percent from the field (20 of 60), but made just 3 of 14 from behind the arc.

"After Saturday's loss one of our game goals was to be mentally tough and I think the players proved tonight that we can be a mentally tough team," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck, whose team squandered a ten point second half lead on Saturday. "When we needed to hit shots, we hit shots. When we needed to get stops, we got stops. Overall, the game was not pretty, but the players fought hard and deserved the win."

Coast Guard is back in action a on Nov. 26th at Framingham State with tip set for 6 p.m.

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