BOSTON — The frontcourt tandem of Beth Suggs and Kelly Coleman accounted for 25 points and 15 rebounds as the University of New England women’s basketball team ran its win streak to eight with a 59-43 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game played Wednesday (Jan. 23) evening at Tansey Gymnasium.
Winners of seven straight versus Wentworth and 18-2 all-time, the Nor’easters improve to 13-4 and remain atop the CCC standings with a 10-0 mark. The Leopards now stand at 7-10 overall, 2-8 in conference play.
Suggs scored a game-high 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to fall one carom shy of her sixth consecutive double-double. She was 4-for-7 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. The reigning CCC Player of the Week, Coleman tallied 12 points to go with six boards.
Reserve forward Kendra Dawless scored a career-high eight points to go with five rebounds for the Nor’easters, while Sadie DiPierro canned three 3-pointers to finish with nine points.
For Wentworth, Jordan Biggar tallied 12 points off the bench, and Ashley Conway added nine. Kendra Kerr had five of her game-high 11 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Trailing 12-10 midway thru the first half, UNE closed the frame with an 18-10 run to take a 28-20 advantage into the locker room. DiPierro knocked down a pair of treys during the surge. Dawless had all eight of her points in the half, as the Nor’easters forced 16 Wentworth turnovers to overcome 11 miscues of their own.
Big Blue was able to maintain an advantage of seven points or more the entire second half. UNE limited the Leopards to 27.3 percent (6 of 22) shooting from the floor in the frame, which ended with neither team scoring in the final 3:04.
UNE will look to keep its perfect conference record intact when defending CCC champion Salve Regina University comes to Biddeford Saturday for a 1 p.m. clash. The Nor’easters handed the Seahawks a 67-52 defeat back on Dec. 1.
NEWTON, Mass. — Saint Joseph’s (11-7, 5-2 GNAC) raced past Mount Ida College (6-12, 0-6 GNAC), 74-49, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball contest on Wednesday evening. Freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) scored a career-high 24 points off a 10-12 effort from the field and a 4-4 performance from the free throw line in the victory.
Cahill scored eight of the Monks’ first 10 points over the opening four minutes and Saint Joseph’s rattled off a 19-4 run on the way to securing a 27-10 cushion with nearly nine minutes remaining in the first half. The Monks proceeded to own a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest and held a game-high 29-point advantage after Cahill netted a pair of freebies midway through the second stanza.
For St. Joe’s, junior forward Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) tallied 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists, junior forward Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) posted eight points and five boards and junior guard Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) added eight points, four caroms, three assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore guard Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) contributed five points and four assists and junior guard Mackenzie Dufour (Augusta, Maine) dealt a game-high five dimes on the evening.
For Mount Ida, Leslie Campbell (Quincy, Mass.) netted 15, Evebonee Acosta (Hartford, Conn.) registered 14 points, five boards, four assists and three steals and Allison O’Connor (Leominster, Mass.) scored 14 in a losing effort.
Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 45.8% (27-59) from the field, 25% (3-12) from three-point distance and 63% (17-27) from the free throw line while Mount Ida converted 36.2% (17-47) from the floor, 28.6% (2-7) from downtown and 86.7% (13-15) from the line in the conference contest.
The Monks held advantages in rebounds (41-28), assists (22-12) and steals (14-11) and also won the turnover battle (17-27) versus the Mustangs. Saint Joseph’s scored 32 points off the Mustangs’ miscues and outscored the hosts’ bench by a 21-0 margin in the 25-point triumph.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 5-1 in the history of the series with Mount Ida College.