BIDDEFORD, Maine - Top-seeded University of New England battled past third-seeded Curry College, 81-72, to win the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 28) at the Harold Alfond Forum. In defeat, Colonels' senior guard Kylie Beltz scored a team-high 19 points, moving her into a first-place tie on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,460 career points.
UNE (23-5) earns the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship, while Curry (17-11) awaits a potential bid to the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.
Junior Meghan Gribbin tallied a career-high 23 points to pace the hosts -- 20 of which came following halftime. Senior Kelly Coleman added 16 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Junior Sadie DiPierro went 4-of-6 from downtown to end with 12 points, and pulled in seven boards. Sophomore Brooke Flaherty came off the bench to knock down 6-of-8 field goal tries, and junior Lauren Hayden made it five players in double figures with 10 points to go with four steals.
Curry drained a season-high 13 shots from beyond the arc and shot a season-best 48% from three-point range. Beltz also dished out a team best six assists. Sophomore Alyssa Keeney registered a career-high 17 points that included 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior Jeannette Fallon was the third Colonel in double figures as she added 14 points. Junior Kerry White led the visitors on the boards with nine rebounds.