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Comeback Comes Up Short For Women's Basketball

Comeback Comes Up Short For Women's Basketball

THE BASICS
Score:
 Elms College 60, Dean College 54
Records: Elms College (11-12, 7-9 NECC), Dean College (10-13, 8-8 NECC)
Location: Elms College, Chicopee, Mass. 
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Despite a furious second half comeback that cut a 15 point deficit down to two, the Dean College Bulldogs were ultimately upended by the Elms College Blazers, falling 60-54 in New England Collegiate College (NECC) play in Chicopee, Mass. on Saturday. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Elms jumped out early, taking a 10-4 lead in the game's opening minutes.  After a four minute scoreless stretch, Bulldog freshman Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) finished a second chance lay-in off a feed from Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) to cut the gap to 10-6 with two minutes left in the first quarter. In the closing moments of the quarter, Amanda Miressi (New Rochelle, N.Y.) connected from three point range to cut the lead to 12-9. 

After trading hoops for most of the second quarter, Elms took control of the game with an 11-0 run and closed the half with a 31-16 lead.  

Dean thundered back in the third quarter, outscoring the hosts 23-13 throughout the frame.  Two triples from Miressi, and baskets from Rudder, Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass,) Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.), and Sitaara Muhammad (Brockton, Mass.) powered the Bulldogs comeback.  Elms responded with a basket late in the quarter to push the lead back to five entering the final period.

Two quick hoops to open the final stanza balooned the Elms lead to nine with a minute gone by.  Dean scored the next seven points to cut the lead to two on a Rudder free throw with six minutes remaining, but  Elms held on down the stretch, outscoring the Bulldogs 12-8 to secure the 60-54 victory. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Rudder finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Miressi and Pina both scored nine points.  Cleveland scored six points and added seven rebounds. 

UP NEXT:
 Dean hosts Newbury at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday in NECC action. Elms travels to New England College on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. tilt, also in NECC play.