December 2, 2009

Coast Guard Defeats Engineers, 47-38

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball opener for both teams, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy defeated host MIT, 47-38, on Wednesday night. Melissa Martinelli registered a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two blocks for the Bears (2-1, 1-0 NEWMAC). Anna Merrifield had a solid outing for the Engineers (2-4, 0-1 NEWMAC) as she compiled 10 rebounds, five points, and four blocks.

MIT’s Aparna Sud opened the scoring with a three-pointer which was followed by a pair of baskets by Martinelli. The Cardinal and Gray responded with a 9-3 spurt, capped on back-to-back treys from Sally Simpson, to establish a 16-7 advantage at the 12:26 mark. Coast Guard slowly chipped away at the deficit as a three-pointer from Sabrina Taylor put the visitors ahead, 24-21, with 2:06 left before the break. The Bears maintained the slim lead into the intermission.

Coast Guard mounted an 11-4 run during the first five minutes of the second stanza which resulted in its first double-digit lead of the night. The Engineers continued to attack, trimming their deficit to six on three occasions, the last at 38-32 with 6:16 left to play. During the next four minutes, the Bears registered nine out of the next 11 points to open up their largest margin of the game (47-34). Layups by MIT’s Kristen Whaley and Lauren Sascha Burton during the final minute of play set up the final score.

Simpson posted a team-high 12 points in addition to five rebounds as Whaley totaled nine rebounds, eight points, and three steals. Burton finished with eight points and three assists for the Engineers.

Taylor totaled 15 points, including a quartet of baskets from behind the arc. Karli Collins recorded nine points and two assists while Allison Majcher notched seven rebounds and two blocks. Vanessa Sillman bolstered the Bears’ defense with a team-high two steals.

Both squads will continue conference play at home on Saturday, Dec. 5. MIT will take on Springfield College while Coast Guard will host Wheaton College.