|Gordon College||University of New England|
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Olivia Shaw (Saco, Maine) netted a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor to lead the University of New England in an 83-56 victory over Gordon College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball opener for both teams Wednesday evening (Nov. 29) at the Harold Alfond Forum.
Shaw tallied 18 of her total in the first half, starting the Nor’easters (5-1, 1-0 CCC) towards their 22nd consecutive decision against the Fighting Scots (2-3, 0-1 CCC).
Supporting the UNE cause with a double-double was Jocelyn Chaput (Nashua, N.H.), who put up 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals. Ashley Coneys (Dover, N.H.) chipped in with 12 points. Sam MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) went for eight points, six assists, and five boards, while Kristie McNall (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded seven points along with seven rebounds and five assists.
For Gordon, Meghan Foley (Malden, Mass.) registered 12 points — 10 which came in the 2nd quarter. Olivia Stark (Arvada, Colo.) added eight.
After trailing a couple times during the opening moments of the game, the Nor’easters closed the 1st period on a 17-5 run to gain the lead for good. Foley helped bring the visitors back within five (28-23), but UNE countered with a 15-2 spurt and took a 43-29 advantage into the break. Shaw had her team’s initial 10 points in the frame.
The home team defense forced 11 turnovers in the 3rd, including each of the first six trips as UNE extended the gap to 54-30 in less than four minutes. For the contest, the Nor’easters scored 31 points off Gordon’s 26 turnovers.
The margin peaked at 35 in the 4th (80-35), as the Nor’easters made 7-of-7 field goals in as many possessions to begin the final stanza.
UNE will stay in Biddeford and prepare for Roger Williams University on Saturday (1 p.m.).