NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Alexi Howland and sophomore Torie Sutherland each had 17 points leading Coast Guard to a 66-46 win over Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, the first meeting between the two schools in 25 years.
The Bears improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play while Emerson, playing its first season in the NEWMAC, drops to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Howland's 17 points off the bench were a season-high while Sutherland scored in double figures for the eighth time in ten games. Howland was 5 for 8 from the field and made all six free throws.
Sophomore Meghan Fornaro finished with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds while junior Brittney Zimmerman tied a career-high with nine assists in the win.
Junior Kristin Brice and sophomore Kelsey Johnson each had 17 points to lead Emerson while Brice registered a double-double finishing with a game-high ten rebounds. Johnson had the hot hand going 8 for 10 from the field for the Lions.
Coast Guard jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on 3-pointers by Zimmerman and Fornaro and never trailed in the game.
The Bears took their first double digit lead of the game 18-7 with 12:41 left in the first half and led 31-14 at halftime.
Coast Guard cruised in the second half as the Lions never got closer than 14 (56-42) with 4:31 left. The Bears led by as many as 23 at 50-27 with 9:08 left.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half as Emerson shot 25 percent (6-24) and Coast Guard shot 26.5 percent (9-34) in the first half.
Emerson shot 48.1 percent from the floor in the second half (13-27) to finish 19-51 (37.3 percent) while making one of four from 3-point range.
The Bears were also much better shooting the ball in the second half as they were 13-30 (43.3 percent) in the second half and shot 34.4 percent from the floor (22-64) in the game. Coast Guard hit just three of 19 from behind the arc. Coast Guard held a slight 41-39 edge on the glass
Coast Guard is back in action on Thursday night when the Bears travel to Mount Holyoke for a 7 p.m. tip off.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH ALEX IVANSHECK