Boston, Mass. – Juniors Erin Morton (Norway, Maine) paced the Wentworth women's basketball team past Curry College with 20 pounds and 11 rebounds, in Wednesday night's 63-50 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory inside Tansey Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Leading Scorers: Erin Morton (20), Kayla Kelley (14), Maya Spence (10)
- Leader Rebounders: Erin Morton (11), Isabella Perez (8), Emily Magasic (7), Samantha Cormier (7)
- Assists Leaders: Isabella Perez (11), Emily Magasic (3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Morton bucketed half of her points in the first ten minutes, as a made basket from the line gave Wentworth an early 5-1 advantage. Curry's Kaitlynn Smith scored a quick five points to pull within one, 7-6, before sister Kirsten Smith gave the lead to Curry with a layup, 8-7. The lead wouldn't last long as Morton sunk a three-pointer, followed by a jumper from Kayla Kelley (Boston, Mass.) for the 12-8 cushion. Morton scored her tenth point with 35 seconds left in the half to outscore Curry 14-8 after the first quarter.
- Curry came out of the break with a quick two points and turned an 11-9 run capped by a three-pointer from Kaitlynn Smith that forced a WIT timeout with Curry holding a 19-17 advantage. Senior Emily Magasic (West Milford, N.J.) answered out of the timeout with two made baskets at the free throw line, tying the contest 19-19. With 2:30 left before halftime, both teams deadlocked at 24-24 before senior Maya Spence (Georgetown, Mass.) grabbed the offensive board and sank a layup to steal the lead back for WIT, 26-24. Spence's layup put the Leopards out in front again for good, before she and Morton drained back-to-back treys for a 32-24 lead at half.
- Curry chipped away slowly at the deficit, but 60% shooting from three-point territory kept the Leopard advantage, all of which came from Kelley. Just under two over two minutes into the final quarter, sophomore Samantha Cormier gave Wentworth its largest lead of the game, 51-34.
- Kirsten Smith made a layup with 2:52 to go in regulation which shrunk the gap to ten, 55-45, but that's the closest the Colonels would get as Wentworth closed the league win on an 8-5 run.
- Wentworth earned its first conference win of the season, while its seven overall wins is the most since 2011.
- Perez's 11 assists tied the program record for assists in a single game
- Spence's 10 points mark a new career-high for the senior
- Lockdown defense from the Leopards forced Curry into their lowest shooting percentage of the season
- Wentworth earns its first win against the Colonels since 2010.
- The Leopards return to Tansey Gymnasium on Saturday for a league game against Gordon at 1:00 p.m. Before tip-off, Wentworth will honors its two graduating seniors, Maya Spence and Emily Magasic.
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