Salve Regina clinches postseason spot while eliminating Nichols

Mary Eden (Photo by Rob McGuinness)
Mary Eden (Photo by Rob McGuinness)
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SEAHAWK WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
Salve Regina 72, Nichols 62
Newport, R.I. - Rodgers Rec. Ctr.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Summary
NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University women's basketball won its third straight with a 72-62 decision over visiting Nichols College in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at the Rodgers Recreation Center.

Each team had three players in double-figure scoring as junior Brooke Packard (Dudley, Mass.) led all players with 19 points including five 3-pointers. Junior Ally Esielionis (Shirley, Mass.) led the Seahawks with 15 points while senior Jillian Woodward (Orono, Maine) posted her first double-double of the season - 14 points, 11 rebounds.

Series and Streaks
The Seahawks have won 15 in a row against the Bison to stretch their dominance in the all-time series to 35-9.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Salve Regina senior Jillian Woodward (Orono, Maine) posted her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She was four of six from the field and a perfect six-for-six from the free-throw line.
  2. Nichols junior Brooke Packard (Dudley, Mass.) sank five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points.
  3. Salve Regina junior Ally Esielionis (Shirley, Mass.) led the Seahawks with 15 points on seven-for-eight from the floor.

Key Stat of the Game
The Seahawks had 15 offensive rebounds which led to a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points.

Turning Point
Nichols erased a 15-point first-half deficit and went into halftime intermission with the score tied, 39-39. Ally Esielionis hit a jumper to open the third quarter that started a 23-7 run for the Seahawks; Esielionis had four baskets during the stretch. Torie Scorpio's (Cranston, R.I.) 3-pointer opening the fourth quarter gave Salve Regina its largest lead (62-46).

Quick Hits

  • Woodward became the sixth different Seahawk with a double-double in 2016-17; Mary Eden (So. Kingstown, R.I.) has two of the team's seven double-doubles this season.
  • Eden had her third straight game with double-digit rebounds (10).
  • Sophomore Liv Pierce (Tyngsboro, Mass.) finished with 12 points on five of seven from the floor.
  • Bison junior Alison Cerrato (Rockland, Mass.) had 13 points while Anna McDaniel (Taunton, Mass.) finished with 10 points.
  • Cerrato led the Bison with seven rebounds.

Next Up
Two games left in regular season for both teams; Salve Regina clinches postseason spot while Nichols is eliminated.
Salve Regina (8-15, 6-10 CCC) - Tuesday, February 14 at Endicott College, 5:30 p.m.
Nichols (2-21, 2-14 CCC) - Wednesday, February 15 at Eastern Nazarene College, 5 p.m.