Big second half propels Smith past Coast Guard
New London, Conn.- Inspired play early led Coast Guard to a halftime lead but Smith was able to persevere for the 71-50 victory in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. Junior Larla Brown and freshman Victoria Sutherland both reached double figures by halftime in staking Coast Guard (7-12, 5-9 NEWMAC) to a 30-29 advantage over visiting Smith (19-2, 13-1 NEWMAC) at the break.
The first half belonged almost entirely to Coast Guard following an early four point deficit. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead just under four minutes into the game, Smith was unable to slow down an offensive barrage led by Brown and Sutherland. Beyond the offense, the Bears were able to clamp down on defense. After the Pioneers were able to convert two of their first four shots, they were limited to just 8-for-26 shooting for the remainder of the half while also committing seven turnovers.
Sutherland led Coast Guard in both scoring (19) and rebounding, including nine of her game and career-high 15 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Joining Sutherland in double figures was Brown who added ten of her own. Junior Kaitlin Ward and freshman Andrea Barrameda contributed seven and four, respectively, in the cause.
After entering the game with 984 career points, Smith junior Rosa Drummond was held to just four points and four rebounds on just 1-for-3 shooting and just eight points (3-for8) with six rebounds for the game. Senior Amanda Zakoske led the Pioneers with 14 points (10 coming in the second half) while junior Sydney Parkmond and senior Devon Quattrocchi each added 11 of their own. Quattrocchi also added a team-high nine rebounds to aid in the victory for the Pioneers.
After shooting a very solid 41.4 percent (12-for-29) in the first half, Smith was able to hold Coast Guard to just 14.3 percent (4-for-28) shooting in the second. A significant factor in the game was the turnover differential as well as the points off turnovers. Smith was forced into 13, which Coast Guard was able to convert into 12 points on the offensive end, while the Bears committed 23 turnovers, leading to 27 points for the Pioneers.
Coast Guard leading scorer freshman Meghan Fornaro was limited to taking just three shots for the game and held to three points.
Sutherland has now recorded 58 points (19.3 per) and 28 rebounds (9.3 per) in her last three contests, including scoring in double figures in each game.
Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday, February 6th with a 7:00 pm tip-off at Springfield College before returning home on Saturday, February 9th for a 1:00 pm start with Mount Holyoke College.
Post Game Comments from head coach Alex Ivansheck