SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 16, 2008) -- Melissa Martinelli scored a game-high 25 points and Natalie Moyer added 20 points to lead the U.S. Coast Guard Academy women’s basketball team to a 65-54 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference victory over Springfield College this evening at James Naismith Court at Springfield’s Blake Arena.
With the win, Coast Guard raised its record to 10-2 overall, and 3-0 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield fell to 6-7 overall, and 1-1 in the conference.
For the winning Bears, only four players scored. They were led by sophomore forward Melissa Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) with 25 points, including 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She was followed by senior guard Natalie Moyer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) with 20 points, including 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Senior forward/center Corinne McCormack (Havertown, Pa.) had a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. She was 5-of-5 from the field. The only other player to score for the Bears was senior guard DeCarol Davis (Woodbridge, Va.) with 5 points.
For Springfield, which suffered through one of its worst shooting nights of the year (.313), senior guard Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass.) and freshman guard Abby Connors (Douglas, Mass.) each topped their club with 11 points. Junior center Liz Brosseau (Franklin, Mass.) and senior guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I.) both followed with 9 points. Junior center Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.) had 7 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
This game pretty much belonged to Coast Guard. The Bears took a quick 5-0 lead on a lay-up by Martinelli and a 3-pointer by Davis. Springfield closed it to 5-4. A record-setting 3-pointer by Moyer made it, 10-4, Bears, with 13:45 remaining in the half. That 3-pointer gave Moyer 208 for her career, setting the Coast Guard career mark.
Another 3-pointer by McCormack with 8:50 left gave Coast Guard its largest lead of the first half at 22-11. But six straight points by Connors on three buckets sliced the lead to 22-17 with 6:38 left.
Springfield would close the gap to 29-28 when junior forward Corey Finch (Hanover, Pa.) hit a jumper with 19 seconds left. SC had outscored CGA, 17-7, to end the half.
Springfield shot 48.1% in the half, while CGA shot 38.5%. The big difference in that half came in the 3-point area. CGA was 5-of-12 (41.7%), while SC was 0-for-7.
When McCarthy made two free throws 25 seconds into the second half, SC grabbed the lead for the first time. It turned out, however, to be the Pride’s only lead.
A Martinelli lay-up with 18:40 left gave Coast Guard a 31-30 advantage. Springfield would tie it twice, at 33-all on a 3-pointer by Cotter, and then at 35-all on a lay-up by Connors with 16:05 left.
But a 3-pointer by Moyer would give Coast Guard the lead for good at 38-35 with 15:56 left. When Cotter made a lay-up with 6:08 left, SC had cut it to three, 48-45. A jumper by Connors then cut it to three once again, 50-47, with 5:24 to go.
A lay-up by Martinelli and a jumper by Moyer with 4:13 left gave CGA a little separation, 54-47. From there, it was Coast Guard applying the hammer with excellent free throw shooting (23-of-26 for the game). CGA was 7-of-8 from the line in the last 1:18 of the contest.
Up next, Springfield will host Mount Holyoke Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 pm. Coast Guard will host Wellesley at 1:00 pm.