Bears claw past Owls

WESTFIELD – Senior guard Vanessa Conceicao (Greater New Bedford Voc/New Bedford, Mass.) scored 23 points in an all-around performance to lead Bridgewater State to a 90-79 win over Westfield State At the Woodward Center on Saturday afternoon.
Conceicao finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to key the win for Bridgewater and help the bears move into a first-place tie in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with the Owls and Framingham State.

Forbasaw Nkamebo led the Owls efforts with 22 points and nine rebounds. (Courtesy of Westfield State University Sports)

Forbasaw Nkamebo led the Owls efforts with 22 points and nine rebounds. (Courtesy of Westfield State University Sports)

Bridgewater improves to 7-9, 4-1 in the MASCAC while Westfield drops to 11-6, 4-1 in the league.
Framingham jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open the game with Conceicao capping that run with a three-pointer. Westfield struggled from the floor in the early going, making just 1 of their first 11 field goals before cutting into the Bears’ lead with back to back three-pointers from freshman guard Ece Eldek (Mcduffie/Istanbul, Turkey) and junior guard Kirsy Segarra (Holyoke/Holyoke, Mass.).
Bridgewater led 22-16 at the end of the first quarter behind 13 points from Conceicao. Bridgewater limited the Owls to just 6-21 shooting from the floor.
The Bears again gained the upper hand in the second quarter, building a 31-18 lead, but Westfield rallied, closing the gap to one by halftime (37-36) with a 18-6 run that was capped by a Jill Valley (Mahar/Orange, Mass.) drive.
Westfield grabbed a 38-37 lead with the opening bucket of the second half on a steal and layup by Forbasaw Nkamebo (Amherst/Amherst, Mass.) Bridgewater built the lead back to as many as eight points in the third quarter, but again Westfield held tough, pulling the game even at 58-all. Bridgewater led 60-58 at the end of three periods.
The Bears finally wrestled full control of the game on a Conceicao drive with 1:50 left that gave Bridgewater an 81-73 lead.
Jennie Lindland (Martha’s Vineyard/Edgartown, Masss.) added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears, with Sara DaSilva (Chelmsford/Chelmsford, Mass.) netting 18. Bridgewater used excellent ball movement to get quality shots, assisting on 19 of 32 field goals and shooting 48 percent from the floor and 37 percent (7-19) from three point range.
Westfield had three players score more than 20 points. Nkamebo netted 22 points (on 9-11 shooting) and grabbed nine rebounds. Valley and Segarra each finished with 20.
Bridgewater held a 51-42 advantage in rebounds turned those opportunities into a 24-12 edge in 2nd chance points.
Westfield will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting Worcester State at 5:30 p.m. Bridgewater will next host MCLA on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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