Golden Bears Fall to No. 18 Messiah at Land of Magic Classic

Freshman forward Emily Scurka matched her season-high with 12 points in Western New England's loss to No. 18 Messiah at the Land of Magic Classic on Thursday.
Freshman forward Emily Scurka matched her season-high with 12 points in Western New England's loss to No. 18 Messiah at the Land of Magic Classic on Thursday.

Freshman Emily Scurka matches season high with 12 points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 28, 2017) –
The Western New England University women's basketball team dropped its opening game at the Land of Magic Classic to No. 18 ranked Messiah (Pa.) College, 70-40, on Thursday evening at the Ocean Center. 

Top Performers
• Freshman forward Emily Scurka (Billerica, Mass.) matched her season high with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line to go with two rebounds and one steal.
• Sophomore guard Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) finished with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench.

• Messiah was led by junior forward Alecia Rohrer (Manheim, Pa.), who posted a double-double with 15 points, ten rebounds and four steals.
• Senior guard Kaitlyn Hoff (Indiana, Pa.) added 13 points, six assists and four boards for the Falcons.  

Game Review
• After a jumper by sophomore forward Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) 27 seconds into the contest tied the score at 2-2, Messiah put together a 15-0 run to open up a 17-2 lead. Scurka knocked down a jumper to snap Western New England's drought at the 2:40 mark, but the Golden Bears faced a 21-8 deficit at the end of the first quarter.
• Western New England pulled to within 11 (23-12) on a layup by freshman guard Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) 3:15 into the second quarter. The Falcons closed out the half with a 16-6 run, however, and led 39-18 at the break.
• Messiah extended its advantage to 28 (51-23) midway through the third quarter and held a 26-point cushion heading into the fourth.
• Scurka scored eight of her team-high 12 points in the final quarter, with baskets on four straight Western New England possessions early in the period.  

Notes
• Junior Meghan Gilhool (Montrose, Pa.) and sophomore Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) led the Golden Bears with six rebounds each.
• Messiah scored 26 points off turnovers and totaled 21 second-chance points with the help of 23 offensive rebounds.

Up Next
Western New England (6-3) will be back in action on Friday night, as the Golden Bears take on Framingham State at 7 p.m. Messiah (10-1) faces Wellesley at 1 p.m.