WORCESTER, Mass.--Freshman Victoria Sutherland had a career-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds off the bench, but it wasn't enough as Clark beat Coast Guard 73-61 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Sutherland led all scorers with the career-high 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including a 5-for-10 display from behind the arc. She added eight rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes of action.
Coast Guard which won the first meeting of the season between the two teams 72-59 back on Dec. 1st, drops to 7-10 overall and 5-7 in NEWMAC play while the Cougars improve to 11-8 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
Senior Karli Collins had 11 points and a game-high ten rebounds, to record her third double-double of the season for Coast Guard.
Ashleigh Condon led a quartet of players in double figures and she scored nine points during a pivotal 11-2 run that erased a three-point Bear lead and gave the Cougars a 27-21 edge late in the first half that ballooned to 31-23 at the half.
Clark actually had the early lead, opening the game up with a 12-2 run highlighted by three-pointers from Emily Reilly and Brooke Brennan.
The Cougars still held a 16-11 minutes later when Esther Cohn got loose inside off of a feed from Reilly, but that would be Clark's last basket for nearly eight minutes as the Bears clamped down defensively and the Cougars went cold from the field.
As they did for most of the contest, Coast Guard rode the hot hand Sutherland, who scored five points during the Bears' 8-0 run that put them ahead for the first time in the game.
Once Condon ignited the game-changing run to end the first half, Clark never trailed again pushing their lead to as many as 15 late in the second half.
Sutherland pulled Coast Guard to within nine at 54-45 with a little more than seven minutes to play, but the Cougars answered back with a 10-4 run capped by a Megan Grondin steal and fast break finish upping the Clark edge to its peak at 64-49.
The Bears made one final sprint, getting the lead down to eight with 1:32 after a Sutherland steal and finish but Clark, who shot a sizzling 20-for-23 from the free throw line, sealed the game with 7-for-8 stretch from the charity stripe over the next minute.
Neither team shot the ball well, with Clark connecting on 42 percent from the field and the Bears making just 22 of their 69 attempts (32 percent).
Clark took advantage of 16 Coast Guard turnovers, turning them into 20 points and the Cougars had a 32-22 edge in points in the paint.
Condon ended with a season-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds and a game-best six assists, while Kelsey Giedymin chipped in with a season-best 16 points. Grondin and Reilly, meanwhile, each added 15 points apiece and Cohn did a little bit of everything, collecting four points, nine rebounds and a career-high six blocks.
"Clark played a good game this afternoon," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck. "They were able to capitalize on our mistakes where as we missed easy shots and were not able to stop them from scoring. Tori Sutherland had a great game for us coming off the bench and scoring 28 points."
Both teams return to action on Wednesday for NEWMAC contests. The Bears play host to MIT, while Clark visits Mount Holyoke.