NEWPORT, R.I. (February 1, 2020) – The Western New England University women's basketball team bounced back with a dominant 61-45 win over Salve Regina in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Rodgers Recreation Center.
Senior forward Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) led the way for the Golden Bears with 23 points on 11-15 shooting from the field. Senior guard Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) added 13 points.
Salve Regina senior Torie Scorpio (Cranston, R.I.) scored 22 points for the Seahawks.
The Golden Bears came out strong to begin the game. A layup by Carlson with 4:43 left in the first quarter gave Western New England a 13-1 lead. The Seahawks went on a 12-4 run over the remainder of the quarter to cut the Golden Bear lead down to four, with the score at 17-13 in favor of Western New England.
A pair of free throws by senior guard Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) midway through the second quarter pushed the Golden Bear lead back up to 10, with Western New England leading 25-15. The Golden Bears and Seahawks traded baskets for the rest of the half, with a layup by Carlson with 0:31 remaining to give Western New England a 33-21 lead.
Western New England continued their strong performance, going on an 11-4 over the course of the first three and a half minutes of the third quarter to extend their lead to 17. A layup by Scorpio with 2:00 minutes remaining in the quarter the lead down to 11. Junior Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) answered with a made jump shot on the next play to make the score 48:35 in favor of the Golden Bears.
A layup by senior guard Alyssa Stefanelli (Chicopee, Mass.) with 6:52 remaining gave the Golden Bears their largest lead of the night, going up by 20 with the score at 59-39. The Golden Bear defense held strong down the stretch to secure the victory.
• Western New England forced 18 turnovers.
• The Golden Bears grabbed 22 offensive rebounds.
Western New England (16-4) will host Gordon on Wednesday evening. Salve Regina (2-17) will hit the road on Wednesday evening at Roger Williams.