SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Sophomore Meghan Fornaro led the Bears with 14 points and seven rebounds as Coast Guard cruised to a 57-34 win over Mount Holyoke in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
The Bears, who are off to the best start in school history improve to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play while Mount Holyoke drops to 4-8 overall and 1-6 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Torie Sutherland added 12 points while senior Brittney Zimmerman had a game-high five assists for Coast Guard which won its third straight. Junior Dani Knox had eight points and six rebounds off the bench for the Bears.
Junior Kate Karraker had a game-high 17 points to lead Mount Holyoke.
Coast Guard led 29-14 at halftime and the Lyons would only get as close as 13 on several occasions during the second half.
Mount Holyoke closed to within 43-30 with 9:46 left before the Bears put the game away by scoring 12 straight to take a commanding 55-30 lead following a basket by junior Dani Knox with 4:54 left.
The Bears shot 42.9 percent from the field (24-56) while making 4 of 14 from 3-point range. Mount Holyoke shot 27.1 percent from the floor (13-48) and hit 3 of 8 from behind the arc.
The Bears scored ten straight, the final five by Fornaro, to erase an early 2-0 deficit taking a 10-2 lead with 14:45 left.
The Lyons got a bucket from junior Amber Legare with 11:44 left before a pair of free throws by sophomore Genelle Green with 11:08 left in the half to close to within 13-9.
Mount Holyoke would go without a field goal for over eight and a half minutes and the Bears used a 13-0 run, capped on back-to-back baskets by senior Kaitlin Ward, over that span to take a commanding 26-9 lead with 5:32 left in the first half.
Coast Guard shot 42.9 percent from the floor (12-28) in the first half and led 29-14 at the break. The Lyons shot just 5 of 24 from the field in the first half (20.8 percent).
"Tonight was one of those tough games to watch," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck. "It was a little sloppy at times, but our players played hard and we got contributions from everyone."
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host Smith at 1 p.m.