DUDLEY, Mass. — University of New England first-year guard Alanna Vose scored a career-high 14 points to lead four players in double figures, as the Nor’easters cruised in the second half for a 66-39 Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball victory over Nichols College Thursday (Feb. 14) evening at the Nichols Athletic Center.
While stretching their school-record win streak to 15 games, the Nor’easters (20-4, 17-0 CCC) registered their fifth consecutive 20-victory season. Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Anthony Ewing, Big Blue has amassed a remarkable record of 109-31 over the last five seasons. UNE has also reeled off 24 straight regular-season conference victories.
Vose was 5-for-6 at the free throw line and added four assists. She was aided by Beth Suggs, who had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Kelly Coleman and Lauren Hayden, who tallied 10 points apiece. Coleman grabbed 10 rebounds to record her eighth double-double, while Hayden continued her solid all-around play with six rebounds and four steals.
Hayley Zophin scored 14 points and snared 13 boards to lead the way for Nichols (6-18, 3-14). Devon Spirka chipped in 11 points.
Leading by four (16-12) midway through the first half, the Nor’easters outscored Nichols 13-8 the remainder of the frame to take a 29-20 advantage into intermission.
UNE ran off a 16-4 spurt over the initial 5:31 of the second half to lead 45-24 and essentially put the game away. Suggs and Vose combined for 10 points during the surge.
Each squad struggled shooting the basketball, with the Nor’easters making 35.7 percent (25 of 70) of their field goal attempts and the Bison connecting on 25.9 percent (15 of 58). The teams combined to convert just 3 of 24 attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
Big Blue managed a 53-42 margin on the glass, while forcing 33 Nichols’ turnovers.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saint Joseph’s (14-10, 8-3 GNAC) clinched an important GNAC victory over Albertus Magnus College (18-6, 6-5 GNAC), 76-64, on Thursday night. Junior forward Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) netted a game-high 24 points off a 10-15 effort from the field in the conference triumph.
In a contest that featured 12 score changes and was tied on 11 occasions, it would be the Monks who would claim the final advantage of the night midway through the second half. With the game tied at 49 apiece and 10:09 remaining in regulation, Moore proceeded to drop three unanswered buckets and scored 10 during a 14-4 Saint Joseph’s run that ended with the visitors owning a 63-53 cushion after junior Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) converted a layup at the 5:19 mark.
From this point forward, the Monks held at least a seven-point lead and went on to capture a game-high 13-point margin when senior Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) made a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left.
In a closely-contested matchup, neither team held a lead of more than six points until Moore tapped in a layup to lift the visitors to an eight-point (59-51) advantage with 7:06 remaining.
Saint Joseph’s raced out of the gates to the tune of a 7-1 lead after just over two minutes of play, but the Falcons soon responded with a 13-4 outburst, which junior forward Annie Raucci (Milford, Conn.) capped with a layup to provide her team with a 14-11 edge with 12:48 before the break. The conference contest featured six lead changes and four tie scores over the remainder of the half with Albertus carrying a slim 33-32 advantage going into intermission.
Falcons senior forward Kendrea Walker (New Haven, Conn.) led all first-half scorers with 11 points while St. Joe’s freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) netted 10 in the first 20 minutes for the visitors.
The Monks, seeking a victory to gain some breathing room in the conference standings, went on to play one of their best halves of the season en route to achieving the objective. With a subpar 0-6 three-point shooting effort in the first frame, Saint Joseph’s attempted just two shots from downtown in the latter period and turned to post-players Moore, Young and Cahill to turn the tide. Led by this trio – which made 14 of 20 shots in the closing 20 minutes; the Monks shot a scorching 68% (17-25) from the field and 75% (9-12) from the FT line while dealing 11 assists and committing seven turnovers in the second half.
Also of note, Shufelt, Moore and Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) combined to go 7-8 from the stripe in the final minute to help squelch the Falcons’ hopes of a comeback.
For the Monks, Young tallied 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks, Cahill added 14 points and seven boards and Shufelt contributed seven points, six assists and four caroms. Assante chipped in seven points and four rebounds, Mackenzie Dufour (Augusta, Maine) posted five points, two assists and a pair of steals and Skyler Makkinje (Hillsboro, N.H.) came off the bench to grab three steals in the victory.
For the Falcons, Walker registered an impressive double-double with 23 points and 14 caroms to go along with four steals and two dimes and junior guard Lianna Carrero (Hampden, Conn.) added 14 points and six assists in a losing effort.
Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 52.5% (31-59) from the floor, 12.5% (1-8) from three-point range and 72.2% (13-18) from the FT line. Albertus Magnus shot 39.4% (28-71) from the field, 22.2% (2-9) from long distance and 46.2% (6-13) from the stripe on the evening.
With the victory, St. Joe’s improves to 8-0 in the history of the series with Albertus Magnus College, a conference counterpart the Monks defeated by an 89-51 margin in their last meeting, which was a GNAC Tournament quarterfinal contest at the Harold Alfond Center on February 21st, 2012.
With one conference game remaining, the Monks currently sit in the #3 spot in the GNAC standings behind Emmanuel College (19-5, 11-0 GNAC) and Suffolk University (19-5, 10-1 GNAC). Tiebreakers notwithstanding, Rivier University, Emerson College and Johnson & Wales each own a 7-4 conference record and sit in a three-way tie for the fourth, and final, host seed in the upcoming GNAC Tournament, which begins with a quarterfinal round next Tuesday.
DUDLEY, Mass. — Ryan Sheehan and Marlon Bennett combined for 25 of their 43 points after halftime to lead Nichols College to an 81-60 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball win over the University of New England on Thursday evening (Feb. 14) at the Nichols Athletics Center.
The decision knocks UNE (5-19, 4-13 CCC) from contention for the last spot in the upcoming CCC tournament, now two games behind Western New England University (6-11 CCC) in the league standings. Big Blue will visit the Golden Bears in the regular-season finale on Saturday (3 p.m.).
The Bison (13-11, 8-9 CCC) trailed at the half, 33-32, but raced out of intermission with the initial 12 points of the frame in 2:43 to assume control (44-33). The gap was no less than nine the rest of the way. Sheehan had seven of his team’s points in the deciding stretch.
Sheehan went 10-of-17 from the floor in the contest to end with 26 points, and accumulated eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals as well. Bennett drained 5-of-8 tries from downtown en route to 17 points, and added five caroms and three steals. Craig Merrick tallied three of Nichols’ 14 triples to finish with nine points.
The Bison connected on 67 percent (18-for-27) of their shot attempts in the second period, and scored more than half (25) of their points in the final 20 minutes off 13 UNE turnovers.
The Nor’easters were led by senior Alex Alsadi (Scottsdale, Ariz.) with 11 points off the bench, and first-year Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) recorded 10. Both pulled in five boards. Sophomore Jake Abel (Fairfield, Calif.) registered all seven of his points in the first half, while first-year Mitch Loeman (Freeport, Maine) posted all seven of his in the second.
Nichols maintained a slight edge for most of the opening stanza, and built the difference out to seven (28-21) at the 6:44 mark. However, Big Blue notched 12 of the last 16 points in the period to head into the locker room with a cushion (33-32). The Nor’easters’ final five points of the frame were Alsadi’s first five of the night, giving the visitors a three-point lead before Sheehan closed the gap to one.
UNE made 52 percent (13 of 25) of its shots from the field in the half — including a 6-of-12 performance from long range — and eight of the nine players that entered the game scored.