Balanced Attack Sends Bulldogs Past Blazers, 68-63

Emma Morrison came off the bench and scored ten points, added five rebounds and a blocked shot in the Bulldogs' 68-63 win over Elms on Saturday, January 27, 2018 (Lee Testor photo).
Emma Morrison came off the bench and scored ten points, added five rebounds and a blocked shot in the Bulldogs' 68-63 win over Elms on Saturday, January 27, 2018 (Lee Testor photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 68, Elms College 63
Records: Dean College (10-7, 7-2 NECC), Elms College (6-10, 5-5 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College had five student-athletes reach double figures and the host Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-63 win over Elms College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Dean lead from wire-to-wire with their biggest advantage reaching 18 points on several occasions in the third quarter – the last time coming when Sophia Church (Rochester, Mass.) found Morgan Turner (Winter Park, Fla.) for an easy hoop and then Shania Springer (Bayshore, N.Y.) connected with Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) for a fast break finish that made the score, 50-32.

Elms responded and scored six straight points highlighted by a Niah Pantry inside score to trim the lead as the third quarter closed but three minutes into the final period Dean was still in front by 14 at 57-43 after Shannon Rosensteel (Sunrise, Fla.) had a steal and then found Church for a nifty score.

Over the next six minutes, the Blazers were able to whittle down the Bulldog lead to 61-56 as Mackenzie Larochelle scored two baskets as did Kylie Lounder and when Samantha Lynes dropped in her second three-pointer of the quarter with 28 seconds left, the lead was down to five again at 64-59.

Turner made a pair of free throws to bump the Bulldog advantage back to seven but Pantry added an inside basket a few seconds later. Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) split two free throws and then Pantry was able to get inside again and the Blazers were within four but Romero made one of two free throws with six seconds to go to seal the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Elms shot just 37 percent from the field but they did hold a 41-38 edge on the glass while forcing 20 Dean turnovers.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, made 22 free throws compared to just nine for the Blazers and Dean held a 42-34 edge on points in the paint.

Pantry finished with a game-best 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Kayla Soto came off the bench for the Blazers and ended with ten points and four boards. Larochelle, meanwhile, ended with nine points, six rebounds and eight assists.  

Romero and Turner each led the Bulldogs with 13 points apiece, while Church added 11 of her own and Rosensteel notched another double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Emma Morrison (Northport, N.Y.) came off the bench and provided solid minutes, ending with a career-best ten points and five rebounds.

UP NEXT:
Dean is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Lesley for an NECC matchup while the Blazers visit Bridgewater State on Monday.