QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College women's basketball team absorbed 71-42 loss to Roger Williams Wednesday evening at the Lahue Physical Education Center.
The Lions sink to 10-12 on the year and 4-11 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with the setback. The Hawks, ranked No. 5 in the season's first NCAA Regional Rankings, improve to 19-3 overall and 13-2 in league play.
Seniesha Sekaquaptewa (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored a team-high nine points and added four rebounds. Alyssa Cosio Murillo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) notched eight points and a pair of assists. Kayla Torio (Manteca, Calif.) netted six points and collected seven boards.
The visitors strung together a 10-0 run to generate a 17-9 lead with 2:58 left to play in the first quarter.
Roger Williams pushed its advantage to double-digits just before the conclusion of the opening period on a layup by Stephanie Bramante, 21-11.
The Hawks widened the gap to 31-13 with 3:21 remaining in the second frame as Gabby Jerahian scored a layup.
The home team trailed 36-19 at the halftime intermission.
Eastern Nazarene shot 29.2% from the floor and just 18.2% from behind the arc in the first half. Roger Williams posted a field-goal percentage of 53.3% in the opening two quarters while connecting on 4-of-7 from three-point range.
Cosio Murillo paced the Lions with eight points and a pair of assists at the break while Shelby Holmes (Seeley Lake, Mont.) netted four points.
The Hawks opened the third quarter with a 10 unanswered points to extend their advantage to 46-19 with 6:34 left to play in the period.
The guests outscored the home side 20-9 in the third to stretch the margin to 56-28.
Roger Williams edged Eastern Nazarene 15-14 in fourth-quarter scoring to wrap up its 11th win in a row.
The Lions finished with a field-goal percentage of 27.1% to go with 2-of-16 shooting from long distance. The Hawks shot 50.8% from the floor and 41.2% from beyond the three-point line on the night.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene will host Gordon in the final home game of the season February 10. Prior to the start of the contest, the Lions will recognize the program's seniors.