MILTON, Mass. – Host Curry College picked up a 64-57 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory over visiting Nichols College Tuesday night in Milton. With the win, Curry moves to 12-8 on the season and 9-4 in the CCC, while Nichols falls to 4-15 overall and 1-11 in conference play.
Senior Amber Leitwinko (Berlin, Conn.) started the scoring for the Bison with a layup a minute into the game. The Colonels jumped to their largest lead of the first half (13-8) with 13:52 after senior Kylie Beltz (Pequot Lakes, Minn.) hit a layup. Nichols pulled to within one (15-14) after sophomore Julia Zawacki (Waterford, Conn.) converted a layup. With 5:33 remaining in the first period, freshman Brooke Packard (Dudley, Mass.) hit a pair of three-pointers and gave the Bison a five point lead (25-20). The Colonels closed out the opening frame scoring, and claimed a five-point lead (33-28) heading into intermission, after a layup from junior Kerry White (Windham, N.H.).
Senior Sarah Whitestone (Dalton, Mass.) opened the scoring for Nichols with a jumper 30 seconds into the second period. Curry responded with an 8-2 run, taking a nine point edge (41-32) after a layup from senior Jeanette Fallon (Nashua, N.H.). The Bison had a late surge and cut the deficit to five points (43-38) with 12:20 left after Packard made a layup. The Colonels claimed their biggest lead of the second half (62-48) with just less than three minutes to go, as Beltz split a pair from the charity stripe. Despite a 9-2 run by Nichols to close out the game, Curry maintained its lead en route to a 64-57 victory.
Beltz led the game with 19 points for the Colonels, while also recording team-highs in rebounds (10) assists (6) and steals (5). Senior Samantha Corcoran (Hampton, N.H.) and freshman Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) added 12 points apiece. Corcoran also pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double effort.
Nichols was led by Leitwinko with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Classmate Alexis Wegrzynek (Wilbraham, Mass.) contributed with 12, while freshman Allison Cerrato (Rockland, Mass.) chipped in with eight points. Cerrato also pulled down nine rebounds.
Nichols returns to action on Thursday, hosting CCC rival Gordon College for a 5:30 p.m. contest, while the Colonels will travel to Gordon on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.