NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Bridgewater State University Bears used an efficient offense en route to a convincing 91-54 win over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the regular season finale.
The Bears (21-3, 11-1) had already wrapped up the regular season Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and will enter next week's postseason tournament as the top seed. MCLA closes its season at 8-17 overall, including an 0-12 mark in MASCAC play.
The Bears finished with an astounding 29 assists on 35 field goals on the afternoon. They also forced MCLA into 27 turnovers.
The Bears led from the onset, scoring the games first 10 points. They led by as many as 19 points (30-11) following an Alana Watkins layup with 7:57 until halftime. The Trailblazers pulled within 13 on two occasions before Bridgewater settled on a 43-27 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same for Bridgewater. They eventually pushed out to their largest lead at 80-40 after Colleen Hanscom drained one of the Bears seven 3-pointers.
The Bears were led by Megan Boutilette who filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Michaela Cosby also finished with 16 points. Hanscom chipped in with 15 points, including three triples.
For MCLA, they were led by senior Lucy Tremblay who had a game-high 21 points.
Prior to the start of the game, MCLA paid tribute to seniors Tremblay and Johanna Miner, who played their final regular season game.