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Women's Basketball Stuns First-Place Pilgrims, 84-67

Women's Basketball Stuns First-Place Pilgrims, 84-67

New England College 84, Dean College 67
Records: New England College (12-9, 11-3 NECC), Dean College (10-11, 8-6 NECC)
Location: Bridges Gymnasium, Henniker, N.H.
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM

Powered by a career-high 34 points from Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.), Dean College delivered a stunning 84-67 win over New England College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Tuesday evening.

The win for the visiting Bulldogs snaps the Pilgrims' nine-game in conference winning streak – a stretch that catapulted them to the top of the league standings. It also avenges an early season loss to NEC and the series split could go a long way in helping the Bulldogs when it comes to postseason tournament seeding.

In addition to Rudder's standout performance, the Bulldogs forced 39 NEC turnovers which they converted into 35 points.

After the Pilgrims jumped out to an early five point lead, Dean pushed past New England College by closing the first quarter on a 14-4 run that featured a personal five-point run to end the quarter by Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.) that made the score 21-16.

The Bulldogs never trailed again as Rudder took over the second quarter with 13 of the 25 Dean points as they went into halftime in front 46-34.

While the turnovers slowed some in the third period for the Pilgrims, their cold shooting ended any thoughts of a comeback as they connected on just five of their 20 shot attempts in the quarter. Dean, meanwhile, extended its lead to as many as 21 when Sitaara Muhammad (Brockton, Mass.) found Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) underneath for an easy hoop and a 61-40 advantage.

New England College battled back and got to within 11 with less than two minutes to play but the Bulldogs shut the door by going 11 of 12 from the free throw line in the final 1:38.

Along with her 34 points, Rudder totaled 13 rebounds and six steals – all in just 26 minutes of action. Amanda Miressi (New Rochelle, N.Y.), who was clutch from the free throw line – going 10-for-12 – ended with 12 points, three rebounds and four assists.

Cleveland added 11 points and Defosses chipped in with nine points and five rebounds off the bench.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they host Becker College. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM.