BRISTOL, R.I. – The Endicott women's basketball team posted a 47-44 conference victory over Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 38-36 with 6:03 to play, Endicott closed out the contest on an 11-6 run to lock up the pivotal league win, maintain its position atop the league standings (16-7 overall, 12-2 CCC), and clinch a home conference tournament playoff game in the process.
Defense also played a major role down the stretch as the Gulls made six crucial stops (four defensive rebounds/two blocks) over the final six-plus minutes of action.
Highlighting that stretch was Catie Lipscomb (West Springfield, Mass.) who hauled in a physical defensive rebound on a potential go-ahead three-pointer with 10-seconds remaining. After being fouled immediately on the rebound, Lipscomb buried two pressure-packed free throws that proved to be the difference late in the matchup.
Overall, Emily Pratt (Gardner, Mass.) finished with a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds. Mikaela Rogers (Haverhill, Mass.) also notched eight points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Kaleigh Putnam (Wallingford, Conn.) compiled eight points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott is 20-17 against Roger Williams in the all-time series.
- The Gulls are 8-2 on the road this season.
- Endicott erased an 11-2 first quarter deficit by outscoring Roger Williams 23-10 in the second.
- Overall, in the second quarter, the Gulls shot 64.3% (9-of-14) from the field in comparison to the Hawks who went 2-for-11 on their field goal attempts (18.2%).
- Shannon Gilbert (Easton, Conn.) fueled Endicott in the second quarter with seven points, while Putnam added six and Rogers had four.
- Morgan Bresnahan (Wilmington, Mass.), Pratt, and Emma Tierney (Wolfeboro, N.H.) also contributed two points apiece in the second quarter.
- In the 11-6 fourth quarter run, Pratt produced five points, while Rogers, Tierney, and Lipscomb all had two points, respectively.
Endicott (16-7, 12-2 CCC) travels to Western New England on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 PM. Roger Williams (12-11, 10-4 CCC) visits Curry next Wednesday at 5:30 PM.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)