Chargers Advance in NE-10 Tournament with 80-74 Win at Assumption

The Charger Bulletin

WORCESTER, Mass. The 11th seeded University of New Haven women’s basketball team defeated the sixth seeded Assumption College Greyhound 80-74 Sunday afternoon at Laska Gymnasium. With the win, the Chargers advance to the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament quarterfinals at Bentley University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Chargers improve to 16-12 on the season, while the Greyhounds conclude their season at 15-13.

The Chargers opened Sunday’s game with a 9-0 run, thanks in part to a three-pointer and layup from senior Lauren Hood. The Greyhounds then fought back and were down only three (13-10) at the 14:27 mark of the first half. Over the next two minutes the Chargers went on a 7-0 run, which was also a part of a four minute 13-1 run to give them a commanding 26-11 lead at the 10:43 mark. Assumption gradually trimmed their deficit to as few as two in the final minute of the half, but Lindsay Salt connected from downtown with four seconds left to give UNH a 44-39 halftime lead.

The Chargers scored the first four points of the second half and pushed their lead to as many as 11 points (63-52) with 8:33 remaining in regulation. The Greyhounds answered with a 9-0 run to bring them within two points with 6:22 remaining. The final five minutes of the game proved to be a battle.

At the 3:39 mark the Greyhounds tied the game at 67-67. Salt’s jumper at the 1:52 mark put UNH up 73-70. Salt once again connected from three-point territory with 1:04 remaining to push the Chargers lead to 76-72. Solid defense, a layup from Helin Marte and two free throws from Briiana Rende in the final minute sealed the UNH victory.

The Chargers shot an amazing 55 percent from the floor Sunday afternoon, while also connecting on 58 percent of their three-point attempts. They also shot 90 percent from the charity stripe and held a 30-24 rebounding advantage. The Chargers turned the ball over 20 times and caused only 16 Assumption turnovers.

Hood led the Chargers with a game-high 22 points. Freshman Nikki Carroll added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Marte finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Salt contributed 10 points and Dominique Stellmacher added eight points and five assists and four rebounds.