NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard put their stamp on the game in the second quarter, outscoring MIT by 10 propelling themselves to a 71-53 victory on senior day.
With the win the Bears improve to 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the NEWMAC. The Engineers fall to 11-7 on the season and 7-4 in conference play.
This is the largest margin of victory for the Coast Guard over MIT since the 2013-14 season when the Bears beat the Engineers 77-56.
Senior Gillian Gerton led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds for her 23rd double-double. She is now seven points away from 1,000 (993). Junior Micaella Martinelli scored 15 with seven rebounds, while classmate Johanna Moolenaar just missed a career high with 10 points and eight boards. Senior Jill Bray finished with eight points, three rebounds and two assists.
MIT was led by freshman Kylie Gallagher who had a team high 14 points and five rebounds. Junior Taylor V'Dovec finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Engineers held a two point advantage at the start of the second quarter and continued to keep the lead halfway through the second period as Gallagher knocked down a jumper making the score 22-19 in favor of MIT with 5:24 left to play in the half.
Coast Guard then came alive to end the period going on a 14-2 run to hold a 33-24 lead at the end of the first half. Moolenaar had four points over this stretch while Bray and sophomore Zoe Riis-Fallica both knocked down three pointers.
The Engineers were only able to close within seven in the third quarter before the Bears controlled the final period outscoring MIT by 11. Gerton scored 13 points in the fourth quarter while Coast Guard was 13-15 from the stripe to close out their fifth NEWMAC win of the season.
The Bears shot 40.3% (25-62) from the floor and made 5-20 (25.05) from three. For the second game in a row Coast Guard dominated the board (47-30) and held a large advantage in the paint, outscoring the Engineers 30-12.
MIT finished the game making 18-60 (30.0%) of their shots and shooting 20.8% (5-24) from three.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, January 31st, when they travel to Springfield, Massachusetts to take on the Springfield Pride. Opening tip is 5:30.