BIDDEFORD, Maine — The University of New England restricted Curry College to just 15 percent shooting (9-for-60), and a scoreless 2nd stanza, during a 62-27 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball victory on Wednesday night at the Harold Alfond Forum.
With their 11th consecutive positive result, the Nor’easters (17-5, 13-2 CCC) remain in one game back of the top spot in the league standings with three contests left. The Colonels see their four-game win streak come to an end, dipping to 9-13 overall and 7-8 in CCC action.
UNE — which has taken the last 17 meetings between the teams — was led by Sadie Nelson (Windham, Maine) off the bench with 13 points, which included nine in the 3rd quarter. Alicia Brown (Greenland, N.H.) and Jocelyn Chaput (Nashua, N.H.) each notched 10 points; Brown also collected eight rebounds. Kristie McNall (Wakefield, Mass.) added eight points for the hosts, who shot 38 percent from the floor in the match.
Olivia Allrich (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) pulled down a game-best nine boards as the Nor’easters totaled a 53-39 advantage on the glass.
Curry was guided by Emily Irwin (Billerica, Mass.) and Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) with nine points apiece. Irwin also had six steals and four assists, and Molly Plunkett (Quincy, Mass.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
UNE never trailed during the evening, and a late three-pointer from McNall established a 17-10 lead after the 1st period.
Although the offense struggled in the 2nd (3-of-15 shooting), the defense completely stifled the Colonels heading into halftime. Big Blue held a 26-10 cushion at intermission, after limiting Curry to 0-of-11 shooting and forcing eight turnovers in the frame.
The Nor’easters continued to extend the gap (47-19) in the 3rd, knocking down 7-of-13 field-goal tries, and nearly doubled-up the visitors again in the 4th.
The 27 points allowed was 13 better than Big Blue’s previous low on the season.