Score: Dean College 71, MCLA 64
Records: Dean College (2-2), MCLA (1-3)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM
Dean College led by as many as 17 points and the host Bulldogs evened their record at 2-2 with a hard-fought 71-64 win over MCLA in non-league women's basketball action on Tuesday evening.
The win for the Bulldogs came on a night when they shot only 40 percent from the field, 55 percent from the free throw line and were outrebounded 43-38. But Dean committed just nine turnovers and made several huge plays down the stretch to keep the Trailblazers at bay on their way to victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bulldogs held a double digit lead for the entire first half and most of the third period until MCLA was able to whittle it down to one at 42-41 on a Courtney Pingleski layup with less than three minutes to go in the third.
Midway through the fourth after back-to-back Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) baskets, the Bulldogs had pushed their advantage back to seven at 56-49.
The Trailblazers didn't go away, however, and when Karina Mattera dropped in a hoop, they were suddenly within four at 60-56.
Then, the game-sealing sequence came when Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) missed a three but swiped the outlet pass and scored inside. Mattera missed on the other end which led to a Morgan Turner (Winter Park, Fla.) fast break finish and when Turner missed her ensuing free throw, Shannon Rosensteel (Sunrise, Fla.) grabbed the offensive rebound. Her shot was off, but the ball eventually found Turner, who muscled her way for another inside finish and a six-point swing in a 30-second window that made the score 66-56 and out of reach for MCLA.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Turner was again the catalyst for the Bulldogs, finishing with game-highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds on an extremely efficient 12-for-18 shooting.
Rosensteel, meanwhile, totaled a season-high 15 points – her third straight double-figure scoring effort – to go along with six boards.
Romero provided a huge spark off the bench, totaling a career-best 11 points in just 11 minutes, while Cleveland ended with eight points, seven assists, four steals and three rebounds.
Kylah Langston came off the bench and scored a team-best 16 points for MCLA.
Dean is off until next Wednesday when they open up NECC play with a road trip to Bay Path. Tipoff for that contest is slated for 8:00 PM.