WNE defeats Nor'easters in Biddeford for third straight season
BIDDEFORD, Maine (January 26, 2019) – The Western New England University women's basketball team erupted for 32 fourth quarter points as the Golden Bears earned a key 65-60 road victory over the University of New England on Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Harold Alfond Forum.
For the second consecutive game, Western New England's junior trio of Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.), Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) and Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) led the way for the Golden Bears.
Orbann posted her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Farrell recorded 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Carlson contributed 12 points and seven rebounds as well.
Sophomore newcomer Julia Quinn (Thomaston, Conn.) provided a spark off the bench with 12 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting in just 12 minutes of action.
For UNE, junior guard Jocelyn Chaput (Nashua, N.H.) scored a game-high 23 points to go with four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Junior Ashley Coneys (Dover, N.H.) was the only other Nor'easter in double figures with 13 points.
Western New England, which trailed UNE 24-23 at halftime and 40-33 after three quarters of play, faced its largest deficit of the game (45-33) after Coneys sank two free throws with 9:15 left in the contest.
The Golden Bears were still down 11 (49-38) following a jumper by freshman Abby Cavallaro (South Portland, Maine) just over a minute later, before Western New England responded with a 9-0 run to close the gap to two (49-47) and force a UNE timeout with 5:08 remaining. Quinn fueled the surge with a pair of three-pointers, while Farrell capped the run with a layup.
Coming out of a timeout, the home team was able to push its lead back to five (52-47) at the 4:50 mark.
Another Quinn triple followed by an Emily Scurka (Billerica, Mass.) layup knotted the score at 52-52, before the Golden Bears eventually pulled ahead for the first time (55-54) on a three-pointer by Orbann with 2:37 to play.
Leading by two (59-57) with under 30 seconds to play, Carlson finished in the post to make it a four-point game.
Chaput got the Nor'easters back to within one (61-60) with a step back three-pointer on UNE's next possession, but sophomore Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) made both of her free throw attempts with 18 seconds left.
Chaput threw a wild attempt off the backboard on UNE's ensuing possession, and Farrell extended Western New England's lead to five (65-60) with two more free throws, before the Golden Bears got one final defensive stop to seal the road win.
• Western New England dominated the glass with a 49-29 rebounding advantage, but the Nor'easters scored 28 points off of the Golden Bears' season-high 22 turnovers.
• Western New England has now defeated UNE in Biddeford in each of the past three seasons.
• Western New England's win moves the Golden Bears into a tie with UNE in the CCC standings as both teams now have matching 7-4 records in league play.
Western New England (13-7, 7-4 CCC) will look to extend its winning streak to five games next Wednesday, when the Golden Bears travel to Nichols. UNE (9-11, 7-4 CCC) remains at home to host Curry on Wednesday.