Gators Play 4 Kay, Fall to St. Joe's (Brooklyn), 76-60

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Saint Joseph's College (Brooklyn) picked-up its eighth win in a row (11-11, 5-0 HVWAC), defeating Pine Manor College (7-14, 1-10 GNAC0, 76-60, on Friday evening at Brunelli Court in Chestnut Hill, MA. The visiting Lady Bears were led by a game-high 22 points from senior Ashley McQuillan (Brooklyn, NY) as well as 21 points off-the-bench from sophomore Kelly McNamee (Glendale, NY).

Pine Manor junior Tia Nelson (Rockport, MA) finished with a 20 points for the Gators while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc in the game. Senior Therline Dumeran (Cambridge, MA) also finished in double-figures for PMC with 13 points. Senior Paulette Wright (Baltimore, MD) finished with a game high 12 rebounds for the Gators, who held a 47-40 advantage on the boards in the contest.

The game started out close, as the teams played to a 10-all tie with 14:15 remaining in the first-half. However, St. Joseph's then went on a 9-0 run, capped by jumper form McNamee at the midpoint of the half, to break the game open. In the later stages of the first-half, the Lady Bears continued to grow their lead.

A lay-up by Dumeran with 4:48 remaining pulled the Gators back to within eight at 28-20 but the Lady Bears would follow with another 9-0 run, as McQuillan hit three-consecutive three-pointers to put the visitors up, 37-20, with 2:41 to go in the first. A lay-up by McNamee just before the half gave the Lady Bears a 44-26 advantage at the break.

In the second, St. Joseph's would increase its lead to as many as 23 points, while maintaining a double-digit lead throughout the half. Pine Manor continued to chip away but was unable to get any closer than 14 points, following a lay-up by Nelson with 10:31 remaining to make the score 59-45. Nelson would then draw the Gators to within 14, 74-60, with a three-pointer with 1:43 left in the second but St. Joseph's would close out the Gators form there for the 76-60 win.

Friday nights game was part of the national 'Play 4 Kay' initiative to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Women's basketball Coaches Association. Pine Manor will now travel to Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI for a game on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m., as the Wildcats will also host their own 'Play 4 Kay' game on Tuesday evening.

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