WELLESLEY, Mass. – Junior Micaela Martinelli had 14 off her game-high 19 points and the Bears used a 12-0 second half running leading Coast Guard to a key 47-43 win over Wellesley in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Martinelli was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and scored the final eight points of the third quarter to start the 12-0 run for Coast Guard.
The game was pretty much an elimination game for Coast Guard which is battling for the seventh and final spot in the NEWMAC tournament with Wellesley which beat the Bears 65-55 on January 13th in New London.
Coast Guard improves to 12-11 overall and 6-8 in the NEWMAC while Wellesley drops to 8-13 overall and 5-9 in the conference. The Bears can clinch a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament on Wednesday with either a win over Clark or a Wellesley loss to WPI.
Senior Gillian Gerton added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds in the win.
The Blue started the second half with a 9-1 run in the first three minutes to take their largest lead of the game 28-20 with 7:02 left in the third quarter.
Wellesley led 34-27 with 3:20 left before Martinelli scored the final eight points of the quarter including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 36 seconds of the third to cap her own 8-0 run and give the Bears a 35-34 lead after three quarters.
The Bears would score the first four points of the third quarter to complete the 12-0 run giving Coast Guard a 39-34 lead on a layup by freshman Annabella Farabaugh with 9:24 left.
Senior Jill Bray made a pair of free throws with 1:56 left to give the Bears a 46-43 lead, the Bears would miss pair from the charity stripe with 35 second left before sophomore Breanna Wood grabbed a rebound with eight seconds left and made one of two free throws to ice the win.
Coast Guard shot 45.7 percent (16-35) from the floor win and made 7 of 18 from 3-point range in the win. Wellesley shot 28.3 percent (15-53) while connecting on 3 of 13 from behind the arc.
Wellesley would score the final six points of the first quarter for an 11-8 lead. Coast Guard, did not score for the final 3:10 of the first quarter, turned the ball over eight times and took just seven shots (3-7) in the opening period. The Blue were just 3 of 14 in the opening quarter, but only turned the ball over twice.
The Blue would open up a five-point lead in the second quarter and led 19-14 with 4:22 left in the first half before the Bears scored the final five points of the half to make it 19-19 at the half.
Wellesley shot just 19.2 percent in the first half (5-26) while the Bears were 7 of 17 (41.2 percent), but Coast Guard had 15 first half turnovers.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday night when they host Clark in the final home game of the season at 7:30.