Score: Dean College 75, Elms College 63
Records: Dean College (5-9, 3-4 NECC), Elms College (7-7, 3-4 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM
Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) scored 17 of her team-best 19 points in the second half and Amanda Miressi (New Rochelle, N.Y.) chipped in with a career-high 14 off the bench as host Dean College pulled away from Elms College, 75-63, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Saturday.
Angelica Peguero-Flores was the game's high scorer with 23 points on an impressive 11-for-12 shooting, while Niah Pantry notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Regina LeBlanc overcame a tough shooting performance (1-for-7) by handing out a game-best ten assists to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In a game that featured six ties, four lead changes (and 51 turnovers) the host Bulldogs outscored the Blazers 21-11 in the decisive third quarter as Rudder and Romero combined for 12 points in the frame by themselves, turning a four point halftime deficit into a 47-41 edge heading into the fourth.
Dean saw its lead move to 11 at 52-41 after Miressi drilled a top-of-the-key three-pointer, but Elms fought back and with a little more than five minutes left, McKenzie Huria knocked down a triple of her own and then Peguero-Flores scored easily inside and suddenly the Blazers were within five at 61-56.
Six quick points courtesy of Pina and Miressi pushed the Bulldog advantage back to 11 at 67-56 but Rudder sealed the game when she scored inside off of a wonderful feed from Sitaara Muhammad (Brockton, Mass.) with 43 seconds left.
Dean returns to action on Tuesday when they visit Newbury for a 7:00 PM tipoff against the Nighthawks. Elms, meanwhile, plays host to New England College on Tuesday as well.