BOSTON, Mass. – In a game which saw 40 turnovers and 28 steals, the Curry College women's basketball team came up short against the Wentworth Institute of Technology by a final score of 63-50. Following the road loss, the Colonels move to 4-16 on the year with a 2-9 record in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. The Leopards notch their first conference win of the year (1-11) and improve to 7-13 overall.
Both offenses got off to a slow start, combining for just six points over the opening five minutes. After jumping out to a 7-1 edge, the Leopards saw the Colonels grab a lead of their own at 8-7 with 2:31 left to play in the first. The hosts recovered quickly, however, scoring seven unanswered points to close the frame, taking a 14-8 lead into the second quarter.
The Leopards retained their lead as the teams got back to work, but a layup by Kirsten Smith (East Bridgewater, Mass.) cut the deficit to one-possession at 15-12. Over the next three minutes, the Colonels broke off a 7-2 run to retake the lead at 19-17. The Leopards came back once more, though, tying the score at 19, before the teams worked to ties again at 22-22 and 24-24. Over the final two-and-a-half of the first half, Wentworth closed with the hot hand, earning a 32-24 advantage as the teams headed into the intermission.
The Colonels looked to cut into the Leopard lead as the third quarter kicked off, bringing the score to 38-31 with just over five minutes to play. However, that would be as close as the visitors could get in the third stanza, as Wentworth took a 13-point advantage into the fourth at 47-34.
Despite nailing four three-pointers in the fourth frame, the deficit would be too much to overcome for Curry. With 7:23 left to play in the contest, Wentworth opened up their largest lead of the evening at 51-34. As the final buzzer sounded, the teams had racked up 16 points each in the last quarter, leading to a final score of 63-50 in favor of the Leopards.
Kaitlynn Smith (Hull, Mass.) topped the Colonels in both points (19) and steals (5), while Kristyanna Remillard (Abington, Mass.) collected 10 rebounds off the bench. Gina Coote (Dedham, Mass.) grabbed nine boards while turning in four assists. Erin Morton (Norway, Maine) turned in a double-double in the win with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Isabella Perez (Homestead, Fla.) led the Leopards with 11 helpers.
Curry will resume their CCC schedule with a home match-up against Western New England University on Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. In their first contest this season on January 22, the Golden Bears downed the Colonels by a score of 73-55. The Leopards will remain home to celebrate Senior Day against Gordon College, also on Saturday at 1 o'clock. Wentworth will look to avenge a January 15 66-48 loss to the Fighting Scots.