NEW LONDON, Conn.-Senior Sydney Parkmond tallied a game-high 16 points and hauled in 8 rebounds to lead Smith past Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's basketball match-up on Saturday afternoon. The victory extends Smith's (5-7, 5-4 NEWMAC) winning streak against Coast Guard (10-2, 6-2 NEWMAC) to nine games, dating back to the 2009/10 season.
Seniors Kaitlin Ward and Brittney Zimmerman both notched double-figure scoring games for the Bears but it wasn't enough to overcome shooting just 25.4 percent from the floor (4-19 from beyond the arc).
The Bears had a tough time containing the bigger Pioneers on the glass, being out-rebounded 48-42 on the afternoon. Smith was led on the glass by senior Rosa Drummond with 11 boards while Parkmond and senior Maria Munoz-Ruiz each chipped in with eight. The Bears were led on the glass by Ward and sophomore Torie Sutherland who pulled down nine rebounds apiece. Sophomore Meghan Fornaro and junior Dani Knox helped out with eight and seven, respectively.
Ward totaled a game-high four steals while Fornaro and Zimmerman each added three, with Zimmerman handing out a team-best three assists.
The Bears were able to stay in the game, in large part, because of 21 Smith turnovers and a sub-par 14-of-25 showing at the line by the Pioneers.
Junior Paulina Solis and Drummond joined Parkmond in double-digits with 13 and 12, respectively.
"I felt like we were prepared coming into the game, but you are not going to win many games shooting as poorly as we did today," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck.
Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday, January 15th when they host WPI at 7:00 pm at Merriman Gymnasium.