Bears Cruise Past Rival Merchant Marine 60-37

Bears Cruise Past Rival Merchant Marine 60-37

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Junior Dani Knox had ten points and a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench, her third double-double of the season leading Coast Guard to a 60-37 win over archrival Merchant Marine.

Knox, who had all ten of her points in the first half, registered her third double-double of the season and second in the last three games as Coast Guard snapped a two-game slide and improved to 16-5 overall while Merchant Marine dropped to 4-16 on the season. It was Coast Guard's first win at Merchant Marine since a 64-54 win on January 30, 2008.

Sophomore Meghan Fornaro led Coast Guard with 13 points while junior Alexi Howland added ten points and a game-high four steals off the bench for the Bears.

Junior Brittney Zimmerman, in her final year of eligibility, has moved within striking distance of her 1,000th career point as she finished the night with seven points to give her 981 for her career.  She had 543 points in two seasons at Delaware Valley College before transferring to the Coast Guard Academy.

Coast Guard shot 29.9 percent from the field (20-67) while making six of 29 from behind the arc while Merchant Marine was 12 of 52 from the floor (23.1 percent) and hit 2 of 11 from 3-point range.

Both teams struggled in the early stages as Coast Guard made just three of its first 18 shots while Merchant Marine hit just two if its first 15 from the floor.

The Mariners took a 5-2 lead following a bucket by senior Kristina Walz with 15:05 left in the first half, but Merchant Marine would go nine minutes without a field goal.

After making just three of its first 18 from the floor, the Bears still led 9-7 before junior Dani Knox, sophomore Meghan Fornaro and junior Alexi Howland hit three straight shots, a trifecta by Howland, to key a 10-0 run as the Bears took a 17-7 lead with 7:28 left in the first half.

Coast Guard scored nine of the final ten points of the half and led 28-13 at the break.

Merchant Marine was just 4 of 23 from the floor in the first half (17.4 percent) while the Bears were 10 of 33 (30.3 percent). The Mariners turned the ball over 15 times in the opening half.

The Bears started the second half on a 7-2 spurt to push the lead to 35-15 with 18:11 left.

Coast Guard led by as many as 24 with the scored 46-22 with 10:50 remaining before the Mariners ran off ten straight to cut the deficit to 46-32 with 5:58 left in the game.

Demi VanDerWal led all scorers with 14 points for Merchant Marine.

"It was a great bounce back win after a pair of tough losses," said Coast Guard head coach Alex Ivansheck. "The atmosphere was great tonight for this rivalry game, it was a fun game to play in and our players responded well."

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when the Bears host Mount Holyoke at 7:30 p.m. in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic (NEWMAC) game.

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