Former Croatan standout Kelly Hagerty scores a team-high 17 points in 17 minutes in her college debut at the United States Coast Guard Academy. (USCGA Athletics photo)

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Kelly Hagerty had quite a debut with the United States Coast Guard Academy’s women’s basketball team.

The former Croatan standout poured in a team-high 17 points off the bench in 17 minutes to lead the Bears to a 93-48 win over Lasell.

Hagerty, who was 7-for-10 from the field and added four rebounds and two blocks, scored eight points in the second quarter to lead Coast Guard as it opened up a 48-22 lead at halftime.

The Bears led 75-34 after three quarters.

It is the second time in the last three years that the team has opened the season with a 45-point win as it beat SUNY Canton 91-46 in the 2019-2020 season opener.

Hagerty scored two points in the second game of the season, an 83-72 win over Gordon, and then went scoreless in a 70-42 loss to Amherst.

The Bears will travel to Trinity today and then host Fisher on Friday.

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