BIDDEFORD, Maine — The University of New England broke things open in the 2nd quarter against Gordon College on the way to an 84-48 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball win on Wednesday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.
With the triumph, the Nor’easters (8-5, 5-2 CCC) have taken the last 19 meetings versus the Fighting Scots (5-9, 3-4 CCC).
Leading 21-19 in the waning moments of the 1st period, two free throws by Alicia Brown (Greenland, N.H.) gave the hosts a four-point cushion through 10 minutes. After the first basket of the 3rd frame, Big Blue had ballooned the advantage to 42-23. Seven difference players scored in the 21-4 run that encompassed the 2nd, as UNE’s defense held Gordon to 2-of-14 shooting and forced eight turnovers during the stretch.
Brown led the balanced UNE attack with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Laura Holman (Mostar, Croatia) tossed in 12 points, and Lindsey Howland (New Braintree, Mass.) registered 11. Sam MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) and Sadie Nelson (Windham, Maine) both put in 10 points, and Olivia Shaw had eight in her first action since late November.
The Nor’easters converted 31 GC turnovers into 37 points going the opposite direction, and commanded the paint by a 40-18 scoring margin. For the contest, UNE out-shot the visitors by 47 percent to 35 percent, and knocked down a season-high 10 three-pointers.
The Fighting Scots were paced by Sarah Gibbs (Elizabethtown, Pa.), who made all five of her shot attempts to end with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Olivia Stark (Arvada, Colo.) and Alisha Henderson (Oregon City, Ore.) added nine points apiece — Stark was 3-of-3 from downtown.