Pascual Propels Basketball Past Coast Guard

Pascual Propels Basketball Past Coast Guard

NEW LONDON, Conn. (Jan. 19, 2011) – Sophomore Angelica Pascual recorded 15 points to boost the Mount Holyoke College women's basketball team to a 48-30 triumph over the Coast Guard Academy this evening. The guard went 6-of-13 from the field and knocked down a pair of three-pointers, as the Lyons snapped a five game slide and picked up their second NEWMAC win of the season.

Angelica Pascual Ten players scored points for Mount Holyoke, which converted 38.5% (20-52) of its shots from the field. The Lyons' suffocating defense limited the Bears to just 28.3% (13-46) shooting from the floor and turned 26 turnovers into 24 points at the other end.

Junior forward Tricia Chase posted nine points and four rebounds, while classmate Bree Hollinger added six points and four boards off the bench. Mount Holyoke also received a boost from junior guard Christine Chancy, who collected seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Coast Guard (2-12, 0-9 NEWMAC) was paced by senior forward Allison Majcher, who amassed eight points and seven boards. First year forward Larla Brown tallied eight points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Karli Collins chipped in with five points, five rebounds and three assists. The Bears finished with a 37-34 advantage on the glass.

Neither side led by more than four points over the first 10 minutes of the contest, as the teams jockeyed for position. Mount Holyoke took control with a 6-0 run over a span of two minutes. Senior forward Joanna McDonough got the rally started with a short jumper at the 9:32 mark. Hollinger then put the Lyons in front 18-11 with 7:45 remaining in the opening frame.

Mount Holyoke took a 26-18 advantage into the locker room. Pascual netted eight of her 15 points before the intermission, knocking down a pair of treys in the final three minutes. Collins led the Bears with five points at the break.

The Lyons then outscored Coast Guard 22-12 in the second stanza to put things away. They created separation with a 13-4 spurt down the stretch. Pascual collected six points during the run, which covered nearly five minutes.  Her final basket of the night gave her team a 45-26 cushion at the 2:59 mark. The Lyons led by as many as 20 points (48-28) in the final minute.

Mount Holyoke (3-11, 2-7 NEWMAC) will resume its NEWMAC schedule on Saturday, when it visits Wheaton College at 2:00 p.m.