Five Golden Bears score in double-figures as WNE notches first win over Nor'easters since '08
BIDDEFORD, Maine (January 3, 2017) – The Western New England University women's basketball team led by ten points at halftime and 20 after three quarters on its way to an impressive 78-55 victory at the University of New England this evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Harold Alfond Forum.
• Senior forward Emily Anderson (Rocky Hill, Conn.) led a balanced Western New England offense that featured five players in double-figures with a team-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
• Sophomore forward Aliyah Brito (Brockton, Mass.) provided a big boost off the bench, matching her career-high with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to go with a team-high six rebounds.
• Junior guard Dorothy O'Neill (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored all 11 of her points in the first half, while seniors Sammie Battaini (Leominster, Mass.) and Sammie Olson (Tolland, Conn.) chipped in with ten points each.
• Senior forward Paige Young (Berlin, Conn.) posted a strong all-around effort with eight points, five boards, four assists, one steal and one block in just 19 minutes.
• Senior center Alicia Brown (Greenland, N.H.) led the Nor'easters with a team-high 19 points, six rebounds and three assists, while freshman guard Ashley Coneys (Dover, N.H.) added nine points, six boards and two assists off the bench.
• The Nor'easters scored the first five points of the game and led by the same margin (10-5) just over three minutes into the first quarter.
• Western New England answered with a 9-3 run over the next four minutes, taking its first lead (14-13) at the 2:42 mark after consecutive layups by Brito. Battaini connected from beyond the arc in the closing seconds of the period as the Golden Bears extended their edge to four (19-15).
• Three-pointers by O'Neill and Anderson early in the second quarter allowed Western New England to open up a nine-point advantage (25-16). UNE pulled as close as three (31-28) midway through the quarter, but the Golden Bears closed out the half with a 12-5 run and held a 43-33 lead at the break.
• Western New England broke the game open with a dominant defensive effort in the third quarter. The Golden Bears held UNE without a single field goal and outscored the Nor'easters 15-5 in the frame.
• Consecutive triples from Anderson and Battaini made it a 14-point game (49-35) 2:10 into the third, while a steal and layup by freshman guard Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) five minutes later gave Western New England a 21-point cushion (58-37).
• The Golden Bears held their largest lead of 25 (69-44) following Battaini's third three-pointer of the night with 6:09 remaining in the contest, before going on to win by 23.
• Western New England shot 46.2% (24-of-52) from the field, including 43.5% (10-of-23) from beyond the arc, while knocking down 20-of-24 (83.3%) free throws. The Golden Bears limited UNE to 31.1% (19-of-61) shooting overall and 37.5% (6-of-16) from three-point range.
• Western New England has won seven consecutive games dating back to November 22.
• The Golden Bears have shot better than 80% from the free throw line in each of their last three contests.
• Western New England's win over UNE marks its first victory in the series since February 26, 2008.
Western New England (8-2, 4-0 CCC) will look to extend its winning streak to eight games on Thursday night at Wentworth, while UNE (6-4, 3-1 CCC) hits the road to take on Roger Williams.