Springfield, MA- Western New England University used a strong run to start the second half rallying from a 27-18 deficit to earn a hard fought 53-47 win over the MCLA Trailblazers this afternoon in non conference action. Both teams are now 1-1 on the early season.
MCLA shot out to the halftime lead as Sam Gawron had nine first half points. The Golden Bears needed a spark and got one coming out of the locker room. A bucket on the first possession cut it to seven points, then they got a steal and knocked down a three pointer to cut it to five. WNE continued the run and eventually took the lead at 32-21 after a Meghan Orbann layup. WNE would enter the fourth quarter with a 41-38 lead.
MCLA tied the game at 43-43 after Gawron's layup, and then took the lead at 46-43 on Mckenzie Robinson's triple, however the Trailblazers wouldn't score again in the final 4:44 of game action. WNE would outscore the Trailblazers down the stretch 10-0 to secure the win.
Emily Moulton led MCLA with 13 points and 10 rebounds to complete the double double. She fouled out in the final minute of play. Gawron ended with 12 points on 5-14 shooting. MCLA shot just 35% from the floor and committed 17 turnovers in the loss.
WNE was paced by Orbann's 15 point effort. Dorothy O'Neil scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the win. Courtney Carlson snagged 12 rebounds for the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears overcame a 32% shooting night and 14 turnovers to earn the win.
MCLA heads to Dean on Tuesday as they continue non league play.