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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:58 am

Nor'easters finish strong for 74-58 win over RWU

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England closed the final 7:38 of the 2nd half with a 24-7 run to pull away from Roger Williams University to a 74-58 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's basketball victory on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 17) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

With their sixth consecutive win, the Nor'easters (11-2) improve to 8-0 in CCC games and open up a two-game cushion over three teams in the league standings, including the Hawks (9-6, 6-2 CCC). Big Blue has topped RWU in six of the last seven meetings between the teams (12 in-a-row since 2003 in Biddeford), and now owns a 39-game home unbeaten streak in conference regular-season matches.

Junior Alanna Vose led UNE with 19 points (11 of 12 FT) and seven rebounds. Classmate Meghan Gribbin scored 12 of her 18 during the opening 20 minutes, and added four assists. Both senior Kelly Coleman and junior Lauren Hayden ended with 10 points, while collecting nine and seven boards, respectively. Sophomore Alicia Brown and Coleman combined for seven blocks, and Brown had eight rebounds of her own.

Roger Williams received a team-high 13 points from sophomore Katie Lowerre off the bench, and junior Angelica Ariola contributed 11. Junior Alyssa Otis pulled down eight rebounds.

A three-point play by Gribbin coming out of halftime made the Big Blue lead seven (36-29), however the Hawks slowly rallied to move in front at 47-46 (11:33) and 51-50 (7:45).

Two free throws got the advantage back in favor of UNE, and the hosts rattled off 11 of the next 12 points to push the spread 63-52 with under five minutes to play. Hayden notched seven of her points in the middle of the stretch.

RWU sophomore Emma Klis (9 points) canned a trey on the next possession to stop the run, but Vose was fouled behind the arc on the ensuing trip for UNE and sank all three shots at the charity stripe to lift the margin into double digits for good.

The Nor'easters shot 52 percent from the floor following intermission, and posted a 22-6 scoring edge in the paint during the stanza.

Despite connecting at a 32 percent clip from the field in the 1st half, the Hawks hung around with 14 offensive rebounds translating into 14 second-chance points.

The initial round of conference matchups conclude on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) for both squads, as UNE heads to Curry College (6-2 CCC) and Roger Williams hosts Gordon College (0-8 CCC).
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Re: UNE basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:04 am

Endicott holds off late UNE rally for 60-58 victory

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BEVERLY, Mass. -- Endicott College saw the University of New England reduce a 10-point cushion to just one inside the final minute, but held on for a 60-58 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's basketball victory on Thursday evening (Jan. 29) at MacDonald Gymnasium.

The Gulls (8-9, 4-6 CCC) never trailed in the contest and led 49-39 with less than six minutes to play, before a 14-6 run by the Nor'easters (14-4, 10-1 CCC) in 4:18 had the gap down to two (55-53). UNE's Meghan Gribbin started and ended the stretch with three-pointers, and Kelly Coleman had six points in the middle.

A Kelsey Cuddy layup made the difference four, but a trey by Alanna Vose pulled Big Blue to within 57-56 at the 0:49 mark.

Endicott's Hannah Shaw converted a three-point play with 24 seconds left to up the margin to 60-56, only to have UNE's Alicia Brown knock down a jumper with 12 ticks remaining to make it a one-possession game.

The Gulls came up empty on the front-end of a 1-and-1, leaving the door open for the Nor'easters, but the layup attempt to tie as time expired rolled around the rim and out.

Cuddy filled the stat sheet for the hosts, totaling 17 points, nine rebounds, six steals, five assists, and three blocks. Kayleen Whall added 15 points and Shaw finished with 10 for Endicott, which shot 48 percent from the field on the night.

For UNE, Brown made 9-of-14 field goal tries and registered a career-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks. Coleman contributed 19 points, including 15 over the closing 20 minutes. In addition to her six points, Gribbin picked up five steals. Lauren Hayden notched seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals in support.

Hayden first theft of the match was the 279th of her career, moving the junior into 1st place on the program's all-time steals list, ahead of 2012 graduate Kelley Paradis.

Coleman jumped two spots into the top 10 (9th) on UNE's all-time scoring list, by reaching the 1,300-point plateau on the number with a three-point play near the end of the contest.

The Gulls took advantage of a slow start by their opponent (1-for-11 shooting, 4 turnovers) to build a 15-3 lead after 7:31 of action. The spread reached as high as 14 (22-8) and settled on 10 (31-21) at halftime. Big Blue connected on just 32 percent of its shot attempts in the opening frame.

Endicott tallied the first four of the 2nd period to regain a 14-point cushion, but eight straight points by the Nor'easters (including 6 from Brown) kept things within striking distance (35-29).

Both teams are on the road for CCC outings on Saturday (1 p.m.), with the Gulls visiting Gordon College (1-9 CCC) and UNE making a trip to Eastern Nazarene College (5-5 CCC).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:00 am

UNE never trails in 60-42 win over Wentworth

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England women's basketball team outscored Wentworth Institute of Technology 22-9 over the final 8:40 to pull away for a 60-42 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory Tuesday evening (Feb. 3) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

With the win, the Nor'easters (16-4, 12-1 CCC) remain atop the CCC standings while picking up their 41st consecutive regular-season home victory versus conference opponents. Wentworth dips to 5-15 overall and 3-10 in league play. UNE has won the last 13 meetings between the two teams and is 25-2 in the all-time series.

Senior forward Kelly Coleman led all scorers with 17 points to pace the Nor'easters. She was 7 of 12 from the floor and grabbed a game-best nine rebounds. Her 17 points moved her up two spots on UNE's career scoring list, where she now stands seventh with 1,339 points.

Sophomore center Alicia Brown contributed 15 points and seven caroms for UNE. She made 7 of 10 shots from the floor. Junior point guard Meghan Gribbin chipped in nine points and eight assists.

For Wentworth, first-year guard Riselly Deoleo posted team highs with 16 points, eight boards, five steals and four assists. Junior Rachel Camara added eight points and five rebounds.

After Coleman scored the first four points for UNE, the Leopards matched that output for their lone tie of the evening. The Nor'easters would go on a 9-1 run to grab a 13-5 lead 5:56 into the contest, but were unable to establish a double-digit margin on their way to a 28-21 lead at intermission. Coleman tallied 11 points in the first half for Big Blue, which limited Wentworth to 33.3 percent (9 of 27) field goal accuracy over the opening 20 minutes.

Junior guard Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va.) scored five consecutive points out of the locker room to push UNE's lead to 12 (33-21), but Wentworth would score 12 of the next 17 points to get within five (38-33) with just under nine minutes remaining.

Baskets down low by Coleman and Brown were sandwiched around three-pointers from junior guard Michaela Flanagan (Plymouth, Mass.) and Gribbin to put the Nor'easters on top by 15 (48-33) and put the game out of reach.

UNE outrebounded the visitors by a 43-32 margin while recording 19 assists on its 25 field goals.

Each team returns to action Saturday with 1 p.m. conference tilts. Wentworth hosts Eastern Nazarene College, while the Nor'easters head to Salve Regina University.
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Re: UNE basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:09 am

Nor'easters smother Salve for 58-43 CCC victory

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The University of New England women's basketball team held Salve Regina University scoreless for more than 11 minutes in the first half en route to a 58-43 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win Saturday afternoon (Feb. 7) at the Rodgers Recreation Center.

The Nor'easters remain in first place in the CCC standings by improving their conference record to 13-1 and 17-4 overall. Salve Regina falls to 11-10, 8-6 in league play. Big Blue has won its last seven meetings with the Seahawks.

Kelly Coleman scored 11 of her game-high 17 points after halftime to lead the way for UNE. She moved into sixth place on UNE's career scoring list, surpassing Michele (Plant) Higgins '01. Coleman now has 1,356 points over her four-year career.

Alicia Brown tallied 10 points in the first half and finished with 14 to go with nine rebounds and five blocked shots for the Nor'easters, while Alanna Vose came off the bench to score 10 points. Lauren Hayden had nine boards and five assists, and Brooke Flaherty grabbed eight caroms for UNE, which held a 48-34 advantage in the rebounding column.

Meaghan Harden tallied 14 points to pace the Seahawks. Brianna Del Valle contributed 13 points and nine rebounds, while Allyson Esielionis chipped in 12 points.

After Salve Regina established a slim 4-3 lead in the opening minutes, the Nor'easters went on a 12-2 run to take the lead for good. Brown and Hayden each scored four points during the spurt, which culminated with a Vose three-pointer to give UNE a 15-6 lead at the 14:13 mark.

The Seahawks closed the gap to five (17-12) a minute later, but UNE would hold the hosts scoreless over the ensuing 11:14 on its way to a 28-14 lead at intermission.

Salve got as close as seven (39-32) midway thru the second frame before Big Blue responded with a 10-3 surge to get the lead back up to 14 at 49-35. Coleman and Vose combined for all 10 points during the run to help put the game out of reach.

UNE returns to action Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Gordon College.
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Re: UNE basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:34 am

Nor'easters overcome slow start to top Scots

WENHAM, Mass. -- The University of New England defeated Gordon College by a score of 48-29 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's basketball action Wednesday night (Feb. 11) at the Bennett Center.

Big Blue's 16th consecutive win over the Fighting Scots (3-19, 1-14 CCC) moves the Nor'easters to 18-4 overall and 14-1 in conference games.

Kelly Coleman led the way for the visitors with 15 points, and Sadie DiPierro added all of her eight points following halftime. Alicia Brown totaled seven points and 12 rebounds for UNE, which held a 48-39 edge on the glass. Alanna Vose had five points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

For Gordon, Brooke Kratche and Kristen Smith tallied seven points apiece. Sophie Linnell chipped in with six points and nine rebounds.

UNE held a 7-0 cushion after a little more than five minutes, but managed only just as many the rest of the way heading into the break. The Fighting Scots recorded seven of the last nine points in the half to make it 14-9 at intermission. The teams combined to go just 7-of-54 from the field in the stanza.

By the 13:29 mark of the 2nd frame, the Nor'easters had built a 31-12 advantage. Coleman and DiPierro scored five points each in the 17-3 stretch to begin the session.

Gordon pulled to within 15 (38-23) before eight straight by Big Blue had the hosts doubled up (46-23) with 4:23 to go.

UNE shot 40 percent from the floor in the closing period to finish the evening at 29 percent (16 of 55). The Fighting Scots converted at a 20 percent clip for the contest.

The Nor'easters will be in Biddeford on Saturday (1 p.m.) to face Nichols College (3-12 CCC).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:56 am

UNE takes #1 seed with 7th straight 20-win season

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior forward Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) and junior guard Alanna Vose (Cushing, Maine) combined for 35 points to power the University of New England to a 69-50 Commonwealth Coast Conference women's basketball win over Curry College Tuesday evening (Feb. 17) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The victory gives the Nor'easters (20-4, 16-1 CCC) their seventh consecutive 20-win season under the direction of eighth-year head coach Anthony Ewing, while also clinching the top seed for the upcoming Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship. UNE has now won 11 straight meetings with the Colonels (14-10, 11-6) and is now 21-3 in the all-time series.

Vose scored 11 of her game-best 18 points in the first half. She finished with four 3-pointers and five assists. Coleman tallied 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 accuracy at the free throw line. Four other players scored six points apiece for the Nor'easters.

Senior guard Kylie Beltz (Pequot Lakes, Minn.) was the lone Curry player in double figures with 14 points. She made all six of her free throw attempts. First-year Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) came off the bench to score eight points and grab a game-high eight rebounds.

After the teams played to a 13-13 tie over the opening 6:20, UNE scored 15 of the next 17 points to establish a 28-15 advantage. Vose hit three treys and scored 11 points during the spurt, which culminated with her three-ball at the 5:46 mark.

The Nor'easters took a 32-21 advantage into intermission after limiting the Colonels to 27.3 percent (6 of 22) shooting and forcing 11 Curry turnovers.

Big Blue would maintain a double-digit lead the entire second frame, with its largest cushion (20 at 69-49) coming with just over a minute remaining.

One of just two NCAA III teams in New England with a streak of 20-win seasons of seven more, the Nor'easters trail only Amherst College (8) in that department. UNE has now been victorious in 43 consecutive CCC regular-season home contests and is a perfect 27-0 in regular-season conference games at the Harold Alfond Forum, since the facility opened in 2012.

The Nor'easters will conclude their regular season Saturday when they head to Rhode Island to face second-place Roger Williams University in a game set to tip-off at 1 p.m. UNE, which holds a one-game advantage over the Hawks, has the tie-breaker over RWU should the two teams finish deadlocked in the regular-season standings.

Curry, assured of a first-round home playoff game, finishes its regular season Saturday at home versus Salve Regina University (1 p.m.).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:31 pm

Roger Williams tops Big Blue in overtime, 74-68

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Roger Williams University did not miss a shot attempt from the field (4 of 4) in the extra session to outlast the University of New England, 74-68, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's basketball finale on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21) at the Campus Rec Center.

The Hawks (19-6, 16-2 CCC) earn a share of the regular-season title with their 10th straight win. The Nor'easters (16-2 CCC) drop to 20-5 overall, ending a string of six consecutive wins.

Katie Lowerre and Teagan Dunn had the hosts up from the start of overtime, and made it 69-64 with 1:47 left on the clock.

A layup by UNE senior Kelly Coleman and the second of two free throws from junior Alanna Vose cut into the gap (69-67), but RWU received a three-pointer from Rachel Battista on the next trip to make it 72-67 with 33 seconds remaining.

Big Blue converted just 5-of-10 at the charity stripe in OT.

Dunn registered 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 at the line, while collecting 14 rebounds and five blocks. Angelica Ariola scored 19 points as well, including the 1,000th of her career, making the junior the eighth player in Roger Williams history to achieve the milestone. Lowerre and Emma Klis each added 12 points.

Vose, who had made a pair of freebies to knot things up with 11.5 seconds left in regulation, finished with a game-high 22 points. Coleman posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Meghan Gribbin canned the first three treys she looked at, and ended with nine points to go with nine assists.

Gribbin's hot start helped the Nor'easters to a 24-12 lead just past the midway mark of the initial period. The margin was still nine (29-20) with 3:18 before halftime, but three missed field goals and three turnovers in the last seven possessions left the door open for the Hawks. RWU knocked down seven free throws heading into the break to back an 11-1 stretch that swung the advantage (31-30) the other way.

After Vose hit a three-pointer to make it 38-33 early in the 2nd, a 9-2 spurt by Roger Williams flipped the cushion once again.

UNE countered with eight unanswered points, featuring back-to-back triples by Vose, to go up six (48-42) with 13:07 still to play.

The Hawks erased a deficit for the last time by scoring seven in-a-row to take a 57-55 edge into the final five minutes of the contest. A jumper by Klis had RWU up 61-59 shortly after, but 3:02 of scoreless action followed before the free throws by Vose to force overtime in the waning seconds.

The top two seeds in the CCC Championship will be at home on Tuesday, facing Wentworth (UNE) and Endicott (RWU).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:31 pm

UNE breezes by Wentworth in quarterfinals, 79-45

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Four players in double figures, led by junior Alanna Vose with 24, guided top-seeded University of New England past No. 8 Wentworth Institute of Technology, 79-45, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Basketball Championship played Tuesday evening (Feb. 24) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Nor'easters (21-5) advance into Thursday's semifinals and will host fourth-seeded Western New England (an 80-75 winner over Eastern Nazarene). Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

WIT closes out the year with a record of 7-19.

Vose knocked down 6-of-10 from behind the arc on the way to her game-high in points, and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore Alicia Brown contributed 16 points, nine boards, and four blocks. Junior Sadie DiPierro added 15 points, eight caroms, and four steals. Senior Kelly Coleman tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, and junior Lauren Hayden notched game-highs of eight assists and five steals.

For the Leopards, first-year Riselly Deoleo recorded 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior Rachael Camara totaled 10 points and eight boards in support, while classmate Carly Rogers chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds, five blocks, and five assists.

Big Blue never trailed in the contest, and utilized a 21-3 run over a span of 5:26 late in the 1st half to gain separation. Six different players scored during the stretch that saw UNE assume a 42-19 cushion, and two free throws by WIT had the Nor'easters doubling-up their opponent at the break.

UNE extended the gap to as many as 37 (79-42) in the closing minutes.

Wentworth was hampered by 25 percent shooting from the field and 22 turnovers on the night; on the other side of the ball, the Nor'easters shot 46 percent (10 of 22) from three-point land.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:53 am

UNE women close in on third straight conference basketball title
The Nor'easters win easily and will meet Curry for an NCAA tournament berth.

BIDDEFORD — After her 27-point performance Thursday night, University of New England guard Alanna Vose gave credit where credit was due.

“I had my Cap’n Crunch for breakfast,” she said with a shrug. In fact, when Coach Anthony Ewing questioned her choice Thursday morning, she told him, ” ‘Look, I know what I’m doing.’ ”

Ewing might want to put the cereal at the top of the game-day menu.

Vose hit 7 of 10 3-point shots, including 6 of 7 in the first half, to lead top-seeded UNE to an 81-56 victory over No. 4 Western New England in their Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball semifinal.

The Nor’easters (22-5) will host No. 3 Curry (17-10) in the conference final at 2 p.m. Saturday. The conference champion wins a berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:54 am

CCC Champs! UNE captures third straight crown

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Top-seeded University of New England battled past third-seeded Curry College, 81-72, to win the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 28) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

Big Blue (23-5) earns the CCC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship, which will begin on Friday (Mar. 6) at 16 sites around the country. The Nor'easters will learn their draw in the tournament when the LIVE selection show airs Monday (2:30 p.m.) on NCAA.com.

UNE's sixth appearance in the league final since joining the CCC back in 1999 netted the program's fifth title, following victories in 2001, 2010, 2013, and 2014. Big Blue is into the NCAA field for the fourth straight season.

Junior Meghan Gribbin tallied a career-high 23 points to pace the hosts -- 20 of which came following halftime. Senior Kelly Coleman added 16 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Junior Sadie DiPierro went 4-of-6 from downtown to end with 12 points, and pulled in seven boards. Sophomore Brooke Flaherty came off the bench to knock down 6-of-8 field goal tries, and junior Lauren Hayden made it five players in double figures with 10 points to go with four steals. Gribbin also dished out seven assists; Coleman and Hayden each had five helpers.

For the Colonels (17-11), senior Kylie Beltz had 19 points and six assists. Sophomore reserve Alyssa Keeney made 5-of-7 from deep and totaled 17 points, while senior Jeanette Fallon chipped in with 14. Junior Kerry White grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

The scoring output for Beltz moved her into a tie atop the Curry all-time points list (1,460).

The Colonels will await word on a potential bid into the ECAC New England Championship.

Play was back-and-forth early on, with three lead-changes and four ties during the initial nine minutes. UNE led 20-19 before a 9-0 spurt in 1:40 provided some breathing room; treys by Gribbin and Hayden, and then a three-point play by Coleman, pushed Big Blue ahead.

A three-pointer by Keeney momentarily kept the Curry within range, but the home side notched the next seven points to go up, 37-24. Curry first-year Brianna Hoffman, who had all of her eight points in the 1st half, answered with a triple in the waning seconds of the period to make it 37-27 at intermission.

The Nor'easters extended the advantage to 18 (56-38) a little more than six minutes into the 2nd stanza with an 8-1 stretch that featured baskets by Hayden, Flaherty, and DiPierro. And the cushion was still 17 (69-52) with 5:21 left on the clock.

Treys by Fallon and Beltz (twice) cut the margin to eight (69-61). Coleman answered with one of her own (first in 9 games), but Keeney canned another from distance and Beltz converted a layup on the break to make it 72-66 with 2:34 remaining.

Then Gribbin took over for UNE. The point guard capitalized on open space along the right wing for a three-pointer to restore the nine-point lead, only to see Keeney respond right back with a triple after an offensive rebound.

Coleman found Gribbin for a back-door lay-in (77-69), and, following an empty possession on the Colonels end, Gribbin gained the corner and drove right for a hoop and some harm. Though she only went 2-for-5 at the charity stripe in the last 66 seconds, Curry could just get one more three-pointer, by Keeney, out of four shots as the rally fell short.

After both squads connected at a 33 percent clip from the floor in the opening frame, the Nor'easters went 17-for-29 (58.6%) in the closing 20 minutes. All parties were effective from behind the arc in the contest, with the Colonels going 13-of-27 and UNE making 10-of-21. Six of the last seven field goals by Curry came from long range.

Over the three-game tournament run, Big Blue out-shot its opponents by a 46-34 accuracy margin, and drilled 31-of-63 attempts from deep. UNE reached double digits in triples each time, something it had done on just three occasions through the first 25 outings of the year.

"It [3-peat] is really hard to do," said head coach Anthony Ewing. "The kids worked really hard. We had some peaks and valleys for a team that's 23-5, we really did. But we managed them, and the way we played this conference tournament, it's really some of the best basketball we've played all year. It's nice to do that going into the NCAA tournament."

On the other side of the ball, Curry was making its first CCC title-match appearance in recent history. "They have a lot of senior leadership on that team, and I'm not surprised they stepped up. They made shots down the stretch and made it interesting," added Ewing. "As good as Curry was today, I think we weathered that storm pretty well."

UNE has won 22 of 23 meetings with the Colonels, dating back to 1999-00 when Big Blue joined the conference. Since the opening of the Harold Alfond Forum for the 2012-13 campaign, the Nor'easters have been victorious in the last 36 contests against CCC competition played on their home court.


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