Bears fall to Smith

Micaela Martinelli
Micaela Martinelli

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Kennedy Guest-Prichett led Smith with 17 points and eight rebounds as the Pioneers beat Coast Guard 81-51 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Smith shot 52.5 percent (32-61) while making 10 of 20 from 3-point range in the win.

Junior Micaela Martinelli led the Bears with a season-high 19 points and she scored in double figures for the sixth time in seven games. Senior Jill Bray, who was 3 for 3 from behind the arc, added 12 points for the Bears. Sophomore Breanna Wood led Coast Guard with five rebounds.

Coast Guard had its two-game win streak snapped and dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC while Smith improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in conference action.

Smith jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first two minutes and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter  and led 14-12 after one.

The Pioneers would score the first six points of the second quarter for a 20-12 lead with 8:37 left in the half. 

Bray hit a 3-pointer with 6:12 left in the half to cut the deficit to 25-20 before Smith ran off seven straight to spark a 13-2 run as the Pioneers took their largest lead of the half 38-22 with 2:41 left in the second quarter. Smith led 42-30 at halftime.

The Pioneers would use a 9-1 spurt midway through the third to take control of the game pushing the lead to a 58-36 with 4:13 left in the quarter.  Smith led 62-43 after three and cruised to the win. 

Coast Guard had its second lowest shooting night of the season as the Bears shot 30.6 percent from the floor (15-49) making a season-low 15 field goals and they hit 7 of 23 from 3-point range in the loss. 

The Bears break for final exams and are back in action on Dec. 16th when they host Johnson & Wales at 2:00.

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