Ward Double-Double Leads Bears Past Wheaton

Ward Double-Double Leads Bears Past Wheaton

NORTON, Mass.—Junior Kaitlin Ward had her first double-double of the season as she finished with a season-high tying 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds as Coast Guard beat Wheaton 48-41  in a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Coast Guard snaps a two-game losing streak and improves to 7-9 overall and 5-6 in the NEWMAC while Wheaton drops to 7-11 overall and 4-7 in the conference.

Wheaton beat Coast Guard 52-45 on November 28th in New London in the first meeting between these two teams this season. Coast Guard is now tied for fifth place with Clark, those two teams will play on Saturday in Worcester, Mass. The top six teams will make the NEWMAC tournament.

Junior Larla Brown finished with ten points and seven rebounds while senior Karli Collins added nine rebounds in the win for Coast Guard.

Coast Guard started slowly missing seven of its first eight shots and trailed 7-2 four minutes into the game.

The Bears made just two of their first 15 shots, but only trailed 12-6 with just over ten minutes left in the first half. Coast Guard did a good job of taking care of the ball with just one turnover in the first 13 minutes.

Coast Guard followed the slow start by making three straight shots, the third a 3-pointer by freshman Victoria Sutherland to give the Bears their first lead of the game 13-12 with 8:25 left in the first half.

Wheaton led 22-19 at the half as the Lyons shot 36.4 percent (8-22) making 4 of 10 from 3-point range in the opening half while the Bears were 8 of 28 (28.6 percent).

Coast Guard scored the only two buckets in the opening five minutes of the second half taking a 23-22 lead on a basket by Brown with 18:02 left in game.

Ward had back-to-back baskets giving Coast Guard a 31-26 advantage with 11:11 remaining.

Freshman Rebecca Arnone's old fashion 3-point play tied the game 31-31 with 8:26 left in the game.

Brown sank a pair of free throws with 4:25 left to give Coast Guard a 38-35 lead before Ward's offensive rebound and layup with 3:19 left pushed the Bears lead to 40-35.

Junior Alexi Howland made a pair of free throws with 51.7 seconds left to push the lead to 45-37 and ice the game for Coast Guard.

Coast Guard shot 29.3 percent from the field (17-58) while making just one of nine from 3-point range. The Bears controlled the glass finishing with a 46-28 edge.

Wheaton was 33.3 percent (14-42) from the floor and made 4 of 14 from behind the arc.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday at Clark with tip set for 1 p.m.

Post Game Comments from Head Coach Alex Ivansheck