WORCESTER, Mass. - The Bears outscored the Engineers 31-29 in the second half but could not overcome WPI"s fast start as they fell 65-51 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
With the loss Coast Guard drops to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Engineers improve to 12-2 on the season and picked up their fourth NEWMAC win of the season moving to 4-1.
Freshman Laura Irish came off the bench to score a career high 12 points. Sophomore Micaela Martinelli was one short of a double double scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds with three assists and two steals. Freshman Breanna Wood dropped in eight points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Senior Priscilla Dunphy led all scorers with 15 points going 3-4 from three. Junior Stasha Greenalch scored 12 points and dished out five assists while junior Ama Biney had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Maura Buckley came off the bench to play 31 minutes collecting seven rebounds and scoring 12 points.
The Bears owned an early 3-0 advantage thanks to a triple by freshman Zoe Riis-Fallica. Later in the first, WPI junior Madison Beck canned a jumper at 2:52 to not only spark a 9-2 run but also take the 11-10 lead. Greenalch highlighted the spurt with six of her eight first half points.
The Engineers used the second quarter to double up their lead to 16 (36-20).
WPI went up by 21 early in the third but thanks to Martinelli, the Bears were able to get within 14 as 2:55 showed on the scoreboard.
After Biney made it a 20-point game 29 seconds in to the fourth, Coast Guard embarked on a 14-1 run, which included a reverse layup by Wood, to cut the deficit to seven with under four to play. WPI extended the lead to 14 in the waning moments as Biney delivered a three with 16 seconds remaining wrapping up their 12th win of the season.
The Bears were 17-47 (36.2%) from the floor and shot a season high 47.6% (10-21) from three scoring thirty of their 51 points from beyond the arc. Coast Guard held a 36-27 advantage on the boards and outscored the Engineers bench by a slim margin, 19-17.
WPI shot 46.2% (24-52) from the floor and made 6-13 (46.2%) from three point land. The Engineers took advantage of 24 turnovers by the Bears turning them into 30 points.
Coast Guard is back in action Tuesday night when they host Babson College in NEWMAC action. Opening tip is 7:00 pm.