NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Sophomore Torie Sutherland had 14 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as Coast Guard, off to the best start in school history, improved to 6-0 by holding off Albertus Magnus 67-64 in non-conference game between the two Connecticut schools.
The Bears seemed to be in control as they pushed the lead to as many as 17 at 64-47 on a 3-pointer by Sutherland with 5:28 left before the Falcons rallied by running off 11 straight to pull to within 64-58 with 2:41 left.
Sutherland made a pair of free throws with 2:21 left to push the lead to 66-58. Junior Brittney Zimmerman made one of two freebies with five seconds left to make the score 67-61 before Albertus junior Annie Sutila hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"We showed a lot of perseverance today as things didn't necessarily go the way we wanted to at times, but we fought through it made runs and got stops when we had to and were lucky enough to walk away with the win," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck.
Sophomore Meghan Fornaro had 13 points while junior Dani Knox added ten points and eight rebounds in the win for the Bears. Senior Kaitlin Ward led the way with a game-high 11 rebounds while finishing with nine points. Junior Jamie Waterman added a season-high eight points for the Bears, all in the first half.
The Bears shot 36.4 percent from the field (24-66) while making 8 of 24 from 3-point range in the game while Albertus was 21 of 56 (37.5 percent) from the floor and 4 of 16 from behind the arc.
Albertus scored the last bucket of the first half and scored the first five points of the second half to pull to within 31-27 with 18:30 left after the Bears led 31-22 at halftime.
Senior Annie Raucci's hoop with 16:30 left cut the deficit to 36-34 before the Bears scored seven straight, the final four by Fornaro, to extend the lead to 43-34 with 13:23 remaining in the game.
Coast Guard later scored seven straight to extend the lead to 52-40 with 10:35 left as Knox, had four of those six points.
Waterman keyed an early 9-1 spurt with three baskets as Coast Guard turned an early 4-3 deficit into a 12-5 lead following a bucket by Waterman with 14:41 left in the first half.
The Bears led by as many as 12 in the first half following a hoop by Knox with 3:03 left which gave Coast Guard a 28-16 lead.
Coast Guard shot 38.7 percent from the floor in the first half (12-31) while making 4 of 11 from behind the arc while the Falcons were 7 of 30 from the floor (24.3 percent) and made just 1 of 7 from 3-point range.
Senior Annie Raucci led Albertus with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Coast Guard outrebounded the Falcons 48-38.
The Bears close out the first semester when they play at neighbor rival Connecticut College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.