Women’s Basketball Grills the Gators

BY CHASE MARTINO // NOV. 18, 2018 // 

The Curry College women’s basketball team was very opportunistic in Thursday night’s home game versus Pine Manor. The Colonels forced 33 turnovers, and scored 41 points off of them, in a convincing 77- 53 win.

Curry dominated the whole night for its first win of the season, bringing its record to 1-2. The Colonels jumped out to a 21-8 lead after one quarter, and kept rolling the rest of the game. The Gators fell to 0-2.

“We were very aggressive in forcing mistakes and we were able to capitalize on the turnovers, which helped us get a must-needed win,” said coach Fran Elms.

Freshman Peyton Perine led Curry to its first win of the season. // COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS

Peyton Perine and Emily Irwin led the way offensively, scoring 20 points and 19 points, respectively. Perine was an efficient 56 percent from the field on 9 of 16 shooting, and added 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

“I just felt like I was in a groove,” she said. “My teammates definitely helped me get so many good looks.”

The Colonels played smart basketball and worked the ball down low for a good portion of their points, scoring 34 in the paint. This, paired with the 41 points scored off turnovers, were the two biggest factors that led to the blowout win.

Curry’s Amanda Leal finished with 13 points.

Pine Manor’s Kristen Harris led the way for the Gators with 12 points, while two of her teammates, Arielle Harrell and Oceane Tabbak, ended the game with double-digit turnovers (12 and 10, respectively).

  • Neither team scored any fast-break points.
  • Pine Manor held a 1-point lead with 8:10 left in the first quarter. It was the Gators’ only lead of the night.
  • Curry had 23 more field goal attempts than Pine Manor.

Men’s Basketball Falls on Senior Night, 70-56

BY ALEC MENDES // Feb. 18, 2018 //

Curry College men’s basketball gets out-muscled by Eastern Nazarene College, 70-56, en route to their third consecutive 24-loss season.

The Colonels came out battling on their senior night, battling to a 36-34 lead at the half.

Sophomore guard Jared Thorpe-Johnson produced a big first half, dropping 15 of his game-high 22 points to help give the Colonels the lead.

Five minutes into the half, the Colonels extended their lead to seven but the Lions began to roar back eventually capturing the lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second half.

Despite shooting a better percentage than the Lions, the Colonels were severely out-rebounded all game but it especially hurt them on the offensive boards where Eastern Nazarene held a 12-2 advantage in the second half.

Those second-chance points and their free throws did in the Colonels.  They could only convert on seven of their 15 opportunities while the Lions reached the line 23 times and sunk 16 of them.

Senior center John Coleman ended the game with seven rebounds but he knew it was an issue for the Colonels.

“All season long we’ve struggled on the boards,” said Coleman.  “It’s hard because we don’t have the size some of the other schools have and it ended up hurting us again”.

Senior guard Barak Schwartz was disappointed with loss but happy with how his team battled all game.

“It’s been a tough season, it’s not the way we wanted to go out, we definitely wanted to get the victory for the fans in the last game,” said Schwartz.

The loss dropped the Colonels to 1-24 for the second straight year, putting the team’s record at 2-73 for the past three seasons.

 

Women’s Hoops Grab Win on Senior Night

BY JOHN CATALONI // Feb. 18, 2018 //

The Curry College women’s basketball team capped off their senior night with a 48-39 win over Eastern Nazarene in a low-scoring affair as both teams were jockeying for seeding position.

Curry took control of the game early when they received a huge lift from sophomore guard Samantha Bamford who came off the bench four minutes into the game. She had an instant impact by forcing turnovers and turning up the defensive pressure, adding four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 29 minutes.

In addition to Bamford, junior guard Emily Irwin scored eight of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter to give the Colonels the 16-11 advantage at the end of the first.

The offense struggled in the second quarter as the team shot 4-of-14 from the field only managing 10 points but luckily their defense tightened up to hold the Lions to just four points, going up 11 at the half.

Adversity struck the Colonels late in the third when junior forward Molly Plunkett went down with an ankle injury that sidelines her for the fourth quarter, forcing reserves to step up.

Eastern Nazarene started the fourth on an 11-0 run, cutting the Colonels’ to just one.  Irwin derailed the run with a three of her own and the Lions wouldn’t score a point for the rest of the game.

For Curry it was a huge moment for both seniors Nicole Rice and Stephanie Rizzo who played their last home game for Curry on Saturday.

“It was a good way to finish my four years here,” said Rizzo who is usually a bench player but drew the start on her senior night.

Bamford, the usual starter, was happy to step into that bench role for her team on Saturday.

“There is no other way I’d want them to go out,” said Bamford. “They work really hard.”

Prior to the game the Colonels held a one game lead over both Eastern Nazarene and Gordon so it was crucial for Curry to secure the win and remain the sixth-seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) playoffs.

The Colonels will travel to third-seeded Endicott College on Tuesday for the first round of the tournament.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

  • Curry’s defense forced 25 turnovers while scoring 15 points off them en route to their win.
  • Eastern Nazarene’s Shelby Holmes scored a game high 17 points while earning a double-double.
  • The win officially secured the CCC scoring title for Irwin who led the conference with 18.2 points-per-game.

 

Women’s Hoops Drop Second Straight Game

BY MATT EVANS // Feb. 9, 2018 //

A poor shooting performance from the Colonels does them in on Thursday night as they fell to Western New England, 53-35.

The loss was the second straight for Curry, who remain securely in sixth place in the CCC.

From the tip, the Golden Bears led this one and didn’t relinquish the lead for the whole contest.  The Colonels could only muster five points for the entire first quarter.

Curry shot a measly 19.7% from the field on 61 shots while the Golden Bears were able to convert 39.6% of their 53 shots.   It didn’t help that Curry was out-rebounded 49-35 either.

The Golden Bears’ winning effort was led by Courtney Carlson who led the team with 18 points.

The loss didn’t come without positives for the Colonels, as they forced 20 turnovers on the night and scored a total of 16 points as a result of them.

Emily Irwin did everything she could to keep the home team in this one scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 boards but it wouldn’t be enough.

Molly Plunkett also pitched in with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

The Colonels will look to get back on track against conference leading Roger Williams University as they head to Bristol, Rhode Island on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

Men’s Basketball Drops Opening Conference Matchup

BY JASON POMBO // Nov. 30, 2017 //

The Curry College Colonels began their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) schedule yesterday, as they fell in a tough matchup to the Wentworth Leopards, 58-49, after their offense disappeared in the final minutes.

The Leopards began the game on fire, going on an early 8-2 run. However, the
Colonels quickly started to hit their stride, and went on a run of their own. The Colonels scored seven unanswered points to take a 9-8 lead.

Both teams went back and forth for much of the first half, but at halftime Wentworth lead the Colonels 26-25, though the game was very much in reach for Curry.

The beginning of the second half was very similar to the first with both teams going back and forth, not being able to separate from each other. However, Wentworth ended the game on a 9-0 run, and hung on to beat the Colonels with a final score of 58-49.

Sophomore forward Kieran Carroll led the Colonels in scoring with 15 points on 35 minutes, and he also added in 9 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Spencer Feng also gave Curry a spark off the bench, providing 11 points on 28 minutes.

Despite Carroll’s efforts, senior forward Jason Ganley was too much to handle. Ganley poured in a game high 20 points with a team-high 8 rebounds.

Despite the defeat and not being able to close out at the very end, Colonels Coach Matt LeVangie was very pleased with his teams’ effort and fight.

“We battled at a very high level, we could have tucked our tails two minutes in when things weren’t going our way… it was a huge step for us character wise,” said LeVangie.

With the loss, the Colonels drop to 1-5 on the young season, while Wentworth improves to 3-2.

The Colonels return to action on Saturday, December 2, as they take on another conference opponent, at Endicott College. The Colonels will be seeking to end their 4-game losing skid, as they begin a two-game road trip. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.