Western New England Suffers First CCC Loss at Endicott, 62-55

Sophomore Lauren Chadwick scored a season-high 10 points in Western New England's loss to Endicott on Thursday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Sophomore Lauren Chadwick scored a season-high 10 points in Western New England's loss to Endicott on Thursday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

Chadwick scores season-high 10 points off bench for Golden Bears

BEVERLY, Mass. (January 3, 2019) – The Western New England University women's basketball team suffered its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) loss of the season with a 62-55 setback to Endicott College on Thursday evening at MacDonald Gymnasium.

Top Performers
Junior guard Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) was Western New England's leading scorer with 11 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Sophomore Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) produced a season-high ten points on 4-of-8 shooting off the bench, while senior Meghan Gilhool (Montrose, Pa.) finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists.

Endicott junior guard Emily Pratt (Gardner, Mass.) made 11-of-16 free throw attempts on her way to a game-high 19 points for the Gulls. Pratt also tallied six boards, four assists and four steals.

Junior forward Mikaela Rogers (Haverhill, Mass.) made strong contributions off the bench with 18 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Game Review
The Golden Bears got off to a tough start offensively, missing ten of their first 12 shots as Endicott raced out to a 14-5 lead just over seven minutes into the contest.

Following a Western New England timeout, the visitors got a spark off the bench from Chadwick and classmate Emily Scurka (Billerica, Mass.). The duo combined for nine points over the final 2:04 of the frame, including consecutive three-pointers from Chadwick to pull the Golden Bears to within six (20-14) after ten minutes.

A triple from junior Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) 4:08 into the second quarter got Western New England to within four (27-23), and the Golden Bears trailed by the same margin (33-29) at halftime.

After pulling to within two (37-35) on a Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) jumper just past the midpoint of the third quarter, Western New England was unable to close the gap as the Gulls stretched their lead back to eight (48-40) heading into the fourth.

Endicott carried its momentum into the final period, as the home team saw its advantage reach a game-high 14 (56-42) following a Rogers layup with 6:36 remaining.

The Golden Bears used an 8-0 run to get back to within six (56-50) with 2:21 on the clock, but the Gulls held on down the stretch to remain unbeaten in league action.

Notes
• Western New England shot a season-low 25.4 percent (17-of-67) from the field, including 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from three-point range.
• The Golden Bears held a 44-41 rebounding edge led by Scurka's team-high eight boards.  
• Chadwick has scored 25 of her 48 points this season over the past three games.

Up Next
Western New England (8-3, 3-1 CCC) returns home on Saturday to take on the University of New England, while Endicott (7-5. 3-0 CCC) hosts Roger Williams.