WELLESLEY, Mass. – Sophomore Micaela Martinelli had a career-high 19 points to lead all scorers and junior Gill Gerton had her fifth double-double of the season as she added 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds leading Coast Guard to a 63-44 win over Wellesley in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Gerton fell just one rebound short of the Coast Guard school record of 22 held by both Lisa Tamblingson vs. MIT in 1983 and Mary Arvidson vs. Springfield in 2006.
Coast Guard outscored the Blue 36-17 in the second half including 17-7 in the fourth quarter to pull away and win back-to-back games for the first time since winning the first two games of the season to improve to 5-13 overall and 3-7 in the NEWMAC. Wellesley, which has dropped four of its last five, dips to 8-9 overall and 4-7 in the conference.
Freshman Breanna Wood (8 points) had a career-high with 14 rebounds as Coast Guard held a 56-34 advantage on the glass, including 22 offensive boards in the win.
After a slow start by both teams in the third quarter, the Bears used a 9-2 run capped on a layup by freshman Laura Irish to give Coast Guard a 39-31 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter. The Bears led 46-37 as Martinelli hit a 3-pointeras time expired in the third quarter.
Martinelli's trey to end the third quarter started an 11-0 run as the Bears scored eight straight to start the fourth quarter as the Bears lead ballooned to 54-37 with 5:56 left.
Coast Guard shot 35.7 percent (20-56) and made 6 of 22 from behind the arc while Wellesley was 18 of 64 (28.1 percent) making just 2 of 18 from 3-point range. The Blue was just 6 of 36 (16.7 percent) from the field in the second half.
The Blue led 12-7 with 3:51 left in the first quarter before freshman Zoe Riis-Fallica and junior Jill Bray each made a 3-pointer as the Bears scored the final six points of the quarter to lead 13-12 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw nine lead changes and Martinelli's 3-pointer with five seconds left in the first half tied the game 27-27 at halftime.
The first half saw 15 different players score with nobody scoring in double figures.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday at Clark in a NEWMAC game at 7:00.