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First Quarter Explosion Leads Women's Basketball Past Lynx, 86-48

First Quarter Explosion Leads Women's Basketball Past Lynx, 86-48

Dean College 86, Lesley University 48
Records: Dean College (3-5, 2-2 NECC), Lesley University (0-6, 0-3 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM

Dean College won for the third time in their last four games and the host Bulldogs used a dominant first quarter on their way to a convincing 86-48 win over Lesley University in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

India Pina (Carver, Mass.) had her second straight excellent performance, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) totaled 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Dean lead wire-to-wire after jumping out to a 24-5 advantage courtesy of a 13-0 run that featured a Sitaara Muhammad (Brockton, Mass.)  three-pointer, three Pina layups and an Amanda Miressi (New Rochelle, N.Y.) inside hoop.

After a Dakota Jones scored inside for the Lynx, the Bulldogs closed the frame with the final six points on baskets from Pina, Rudder and Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.).

Ahead 44-18 at the half, Dean's bulge reached 31 on two occasions in the third period – first on a Stephanie Conrad (Bedford, N.H.) three-pointer and then on a strong drive to the hoop from Muhammad.

The Bulldog lead peaked at 41 when Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.) dropped in three-pointer in the final minute of the contest – giving Dean a season-best seven three-pointers made.

Overall, the Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the field and did a considerable amount of damage in the paint where they outscored Lesley, 54-26. The Lynx did hold a 47-42 edge on the glass, but Dean turned their 33 turnovers into an eye-popping 48 points.

Jones had a monster game for the visitors, totaling 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Abby Henderson chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Muhammad and Romero each had eight points for the Bulldogs, while Conrad knocked down three triples for her nine points. 

Both teams return to action on Tuesday with the Bulldogs hosting Simmons College and the Lynx visiting Green Mountain.