WENHAM, Mass. — Trailing by one after the initial basket of the 2nd period, the University of New England constructed a 19-4 run heading into halftime to start towards an 82-63 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball victory over Gordon College on Tuesday evening at the Bennett Center.
With the result, the Nor’easters (19-5) lock up the top seed for the upcoming CCC Championship. Big Blue now stands alone atop the league standings at 15-2, one game ahead and with the tiebreaker, heading into the regular-season finale on Saturday. It will be the sixth consecutive year in the tournament’s No.1 spot.
UNE’s 13th straight triumph also marks 20 in-a-row against the Fighting Scots, who fall to 7-17 (5-12 CCC).
Alicia Brown (Greenland, N.H.) led the way for the visitors with a match-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks. Laura Holman (Mostar, Croatia/Cheverus HS-Maine) made 4-of-6 looks from deep to add a personal-best 16 points off the bench, and topped the team with seven boards. Sadie Nelson (Windham, Maine) contributed 12 points and Ashley Coneys (Dover, N.H.) dished out five assists for the Nor’easters, who knocked down 49.2 percent of their field goals on the night.
While finishing plus-9 in the rebounding department (37-28), UNE converted 25 Gordon turnovers into 32 points.
Meghan Foley paced the hosts with 18 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Sophie Linnell recorded 10 of her 12 points in the opening quarter, and Kristen Smith wound up with 10.
Both sides went 8-of-15 from the floor in the 1st frame, though Holman’s two treys and eight points helped the Nor’easters to an 18-17 edge.
After Smith then gave the Fighting Scots a slim advantage (19-18) just moments into the ensuing stanza, UNE cranked up the defensive pressure to surge into intermission with a 37-23 cushion. Gordon connected on just 2-of-10 shots (and 0-for-4 free throws) the rest of the way into the break, while losing possession eight times.
The margin was no less than 11 at any point during the remainder of the contest, and crested at 25 (69-44) in the 4th behind a 12-0 spurt that featured six points from Kristie McNall (Wakefield, Mass.).