Bears Work Overtime to Win 5th Straight

Micaela Martinelli
Micaela Martinelli

NORTON, Mass. – Sophomore Micaela Martinelli had 20 of her career-high 22 points in the second half and overtime as Coast Guard won its fifth straight beating Wheaton 66-57 in overtime in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Junior Gill Gerton became the Bears' all-time leader in blocked shots as she finished with five blocks to give her 96 for her career breaking the mark of 95 set by Corinne McCormack ('08). Gerton added 14 points, six rebounds and four steals as Coast Guard improved to 8-13 overall and 6-7 in the NEWMAC. Freshman Breanna Wood added ten rebounds for the Bears.

Natalie Wind led Wheaton with 17 points off the bench while Sophia Black finished with 15 as the Lyons dropped to 4-19 overall and 2-12 in the conference.

Wheaton led by as many as six in the first quarter and held that margin 20-14 after one and the Lyons  led 30-26 at halftime.

Coast Guard scored the first five points of the second half to take a 31-30 lead, the quarter had just 16 points total and the game was tied 36-36 after three.

Martinelli's basket with 2:23 left in regulation gave the Bears a 47-45 lead. Wood hit a pair of free throws with 1:44 left pushing the lead to 49-45. Wheaton's Ruthie Zientek hit a 3-pointer just 11 seconds later making the score 49-48.

Wind made one of two free throws with 45 seconds left to tie the game 49-49, the Bears would turn the ball over twice while Wheaton missed a shot and turned it over sending the game to overtime.

In the extra session, Gerton hit a 3-pointer to begin the scoring with 3:14 left and the Bears never looked back. Freshman Laura Irish made a layup with 1:56 left.

Martinelli, who scored nine points in the overtime period, was 7 for 8 from the foul line in the final 51 seconds to ice the game for the Bears.

Coast Guard shot 36.7 percent in the win (22-60) making just 4 of 25 from 3-point range while Wheaton was 17 of 54 (31.5 percent) connecting on 7 of 18 from behind the arc.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host Springfield in a NEWMAC game at 1:00.

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