Women's Basketball Can't Catch Mariners, 63-57

Women's Basketball Can't Catch Mariners, 63-57

THE BASICS
Score:
Mitchell College 63, Dean College 57
Records: Dean College (6-11, 4-6 NECC), Mitchell College (10-6, 9-1 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Amina Wiley
(New Rochelle, N.Y.) converted a clutch three-point play with 30 seconds remaining and visiting Mitchell College swept the season series with Dean College, posting a 63-57 victory in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The win for the Mariners keeps them in first place in the league standing at 9-1 overall, while Dean, who had won two of their last three games, slips to 4-6 in conference play with eight games remaining.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Mitchell led for large portions of the game and the Bulldogs could never really get over the hump, tying the game on several occasions in the third period including when Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass.) dropped in a three-pointer before the period ended, sending the game into the fourth quarter tied at 46-46.

After Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, Conn.) nailed a three-pointer of her own, Dean saw itself trailing 51-46. The Bulldogs responded however, by scoring eight of the next ten points on a conventional three-point play by Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) an inside hoop from Alexis Ford (Claremont, N.H.) and then a three-point bomb from Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) to give Dean a 54-53 advantage.

Their lead was short lived, as Kate McCormack (South Kingstown, R.I.) and Wiley had baskets for the Mariners, giving them a 57-54 edge.

The game was tied again a few minutes later when Pina splashed another triple with 3:19 left but the Bulldogs never scored again as Wiley had the go-ahead hoop and then Mitchell salted the game away by making three of four free throws in the final 11 seconds.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean did force 34 Mariner miscues, but Mitchell controlled the interior with a 41-18 edge on the glass and a 36-22 advantage on points in the paint.

Pina led all scorers with 26 points on an extremely efficient 9-for-17 from the field, while Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) totaled six points, four assists and ten steals. Romero, meanwhile, came off the bench to score 15 points in just 26 minutes.

Wiley turned in a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Hernandez led the team with 17 points. Le'Sandra Turner (New Rochelle, N.Y.) racked up 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

UP NEXT:
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday with the Bulldogs heading to Southern Vermont, while the Mariners play host to New England College.