CHESTNUT HILL, MA – The Gators ran into a red-hot Cadets club that shot 53 percent from the floor, including a scorching 64 percent in the second half, as Norwich ran away from Pine Manor, 85-33, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball play Saturday afternoon.
Norwich forward Christine Daniels (Concord, NH/Concord) paced three Cadets in double figures with a game-high 15 points on 7-8 shooting. Erica Rate (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth), who hit on 3-6 three-point field goals, and Tara Stevenson, who converted 5-6 field goals, (Watertown, CT/Holy Cross) followed with 11 points each as Norwich improved to 13-5 (5-1 GNAC). The league’s highest-scoring offense was firing on all cylinders, as the Cadets earned 21 assists to only 14 turnovers.
Pine Manor sophomore forward Paulette Wright (Baltimore, MD/Seton Keough) fell two rebounds shy of her fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior Jataiya Alexander (Hartford, CT/Weaver) tied Wright with eight boards, and junior Enjolee Phillips tied for team-high honors with 10 points as Pine Manor fell to 0-15 (0-7 GNAC).
Norwich, which entered the contest averaging a GNAC-best 69.6 points, led for the entire game after Rate’s first triple put the visitors ahead, 3-0, 34 seconds into the contest. Tia Nelson’s (Rockport, MA/Rockport) layup 50 seconds later made it a 3-2 game, and a pair of Alexander free throws made it a 7-4 game inside the 17:00 mark. A minute later, a Wright layup got the Gators back to within three, at 9-6.
A 14-0 Norwich run spanning the next five-plus minutes put the game out of reach. Daniels connected on three straight field goals, and Rate mixed a three-pointer in with three Jess Jaggars (Vergennes, VT/Union) free throws, giving the Cadets a 23-6 lead inside the 11:00 mark of the first half. Norwich closed the half on an 11-2 run, going into intermission leading 36-14.
Although the team shot over 42 percent in the first half, the Cadets were only heating up. Norwich ran off 49 second half points, shooting a blistering 64 percent from the field in the second half. Mark Zacher’s club did it at the defensive end, too, limiting Pine Manor to 22 percent shooting and forcing 28 turnovers.
The Gators held the advantage at the charity stripe, as the team shot a season-best 93 percent (13-14) from the line. Norwich made under 56 percent of its free throws, shooting 10-18 at the line.
Pine Manor travels to St. Joseph’s (ME) on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. tilt with the Monks, while Norwich plays host to Lasell at 7 p.m.
Posted on Sat, January 30, 2010
by Sports Information