SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman guards Emily Savino (Ellington, CT) and Shelby Van Huysen (Killingworth, CT) combined for 30 points to lead the Western New England College women’s basketball team to a 59-52 victory over Roger Williams University Tuesday evening (Jan. 12) at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
This was the fifth straight win for the Golden Bears who are 8-3 overall and 2-0 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC). The Hawks fall to 4-8 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Savino finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Van Huysen contributed 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Junior forward Kelly McCormick (Manchester, CT) scored only eight points, but pulled down a career high 17 rebounds and blocked two shots.
Western New England College scored the first 13 points of the game before RWU closed the margin to 35-26 at halftime.
The Hawks got within five at 42-37 following a basket by sophomore forward Ryan Weekes (Worcester, MA) with 13:57 left. The Golden Bears’ defense held the visitors scoreless for the next 6:20 and went ahead 49-39 when senior forward Caitlin Powers (Scotia, NY) made two free throws with 7:15 remaining.
Roger Williams again came back making it a one-possession game at 55-52 when Weekes scored with at the 1:20 mark.
McCormick, who tallied all eight of her points down the stretch, made a lay-up with 22 seconds remaining and Savino sank two charity shots with 8.5 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Freshman forward Alexandria Lanieri (Port Jefferson, NY) led Roger Williams with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Weekes chipped-in with 11 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists.
Roger Williams held leading scorer Kailah Al-Darraji (Dover, NH) to a season-low four points, but the veteran senior guard grabbed six rebounds and dished out a season best eight assists that played a key role in the win.