Dennis, Cecil Lead Gators to Thrilling GNAC Victor

Amanda Dennis (Haverhill, MA) recorded a double- double and Laura Cecil recorded 19 points as Pine Manor defeated Norwich University 54-52 for the Gators first GNAC victory. A close game the entire way Norwich went into halftime with a 24-23 lead after sophomore guard Erica Rate hit a three pointer as time expired. Pine Manor held the Cadets to 29 percent shooting from the floor while the Gators shot 39 percent from the floor.

In the second half both teams would hold the lead but either team could pull away. Norwich would take the lead with 7:25 to play on a jumper by Karissa Doyon. Pine Manor would regain the lead with 6:01 to play when Laura Cecil knocked down her third three pointer of the game. The Gators would extend their lead when Nicole Doras (Salisbury, MA) gathered an offensive rebound and assisted Amanda Dennis's jumper. Pine Manor's lead would not last for long, Norwich's Rate hit another three pointer to give the Cadets a 49-48 led with four minutes left in the game.

Norwich increased their lead to three on a jumper by Kylie Cowens with 3:09 left. Pine Manor cut the lead to one on a Nicole Doras layup off an offensive rebound.

Pine Manor took the lead for good 51-50 when freshman Enjolee Phillips (Hartford, CT) hit a three pointer at 1:16 off a Laura Cecil assist. Norwich's Rate was fouled with 7 seconds left but good only hit one of her two foul shots. Pine Manor's Crystal Colon (Dorchester, MA) collected the rebound and made one of her two free throws to secure the win for the Gators.

Amanda Dennis led all scorers with 23 points, she also collected 10 rebounds. Laura Cecil added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Norwich was led by Erica Rate who was the only Cadet in double digits with 16 points. With the win Pine Manor improves to 1-3, 4-9 overall while Norwich falls to 3-1, 4-11. The Gators return to action on Wednesday January 23 when the face St Joseph's College (CT) tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.