Eagles Soar Past Gators at The Nest, 72-54

New Haven, CT - A 60-31 disparity on the glass was the difference in the Gators 72-54 defeat at Albertus Magnus on Tuesday evening at The Nest.

Paulette Wright (Baltimore, MD/Seton Keough) led all scorers with 19 points on 5-12 shooting and a 9-10 effort at the free throw stripe to go along with eight rebounds. Amanda Dennis (left, Haverhill, MA/Whittier Tech) added nine points, eight boards and a historic five blocks, making her the Great Northeast Athletic Conference career blocks leader and giving her 200 for her storied career.

Down by seven just inside the 8:00 mark of the first half, the Gators rallied to take a one-point lead, 27-26, on a Dennis free throw at the 1:46 mark. The Eagles responded with six straight points in the final 93 seconds to go into halftime leading 32-27.

Dennis scored six of her nine in the opening minutes of the second half, keeping the Gators within striking distance. Her jumper at the 13:11 mark cut what was a nine-point lead down to five, at 41-36. However, an 8-0 Wildcats run over 3:30 ballooned the Gators deficit to 18, 58-40, at the 6:30 juncture.

All five of Dennis' blocks came in the first half, with the record-breaking rejection occurring just inside the 11:00 mark on a Krystal Bryant jumper. Career block No. 200 came at the 1:01 mark in the frame, with Dennis denying a Nikki McClease shot.

McClease finished with a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double, while Bryant added a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards. The Wildcats outrebounded Pine Manor 60-31, 28-10 on the offensive glass.

For the Gators, Michelle Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Seton Keough) added eight points on 2-2 shooting from downtown and four boards. Stacie Beauford (Baltimore, MD/Old Mill) chipped in, with 10 points and four steals.

Pine Manor is in action again on Saturday, as Johnson & Wales visits Chestnut Hill when the Gators host the annual “Pink Zone” game to raise breast cancer awareness on behalf of the Kay Yow/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Cancer Fund. Tip-off is at noon.

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