Gators Rally Past Bard for 54-47 Win

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ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Trailing by 11 points with 7:58 remaining in the first half Pine Manor rallied, using a 17-5 run at the end of the first, to top Bard College on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson Gymnasium in Annadale-on-Hudson, NY. 

The Gators took a 25-24 advantage into the half and never trailed in the second half despite falling behind early to the Raptors. Pine Manor slowly pulled away in the second half thanks to 11 second-half points from junior Tia Nelson (Rockport, MA) as well as 13 second-half rebounds from senior Therline Dumeran (Cambridge, MA). 

Nelson finished the game with 14 points, tying for the game-high in points with teammate Ashley Carusone (Nashua, NH), who also finished with 14. Dumeran collected a game-high 20 rebounds while also putting down 13 points for her seventh double-double of the season. 

Pine Manor held Bard to 0-for-16 from the field in the first 10 minutes of the second half, extending the Gator lead to 12 points with 10:52 remaining. The Gators' lead got as big as 14 in the final 10 minutes before Bard cut it to five in the final minute following a three-pointer by Joanna Regan (Selden, NY). However, two free-throws by Nelson put the game away, giving Pine Manor a 54-47 victory to close out the first semester.

For Bard, Regan finished the game with 11 points while junior Imani Jones (Brooklyn, NY) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the contest. With the loss, Bard drops to 1-8 on the season.

Pine Manor improves to 5-3 with the win and will return to action following semester break when the Gators open their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) schedule by hosting Anna Maria College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday January 7, 2012.

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