Jackie Logan/The Veritas NewsJunior Ruby Leon.

Jackie Logan/The Veritas News
Junior Ruby Leon.

Women’s basketball won their first conference game of the season on Saturday against Gordon College to improve to 5-10 (1-7) this season.

The Lions jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, edging Gordon 35-20. Gordon closed the gap in the second half to four points with 3:28 remaining in the second half, but the Lions finished the game on an 11-3 run to win 65-53.

ENC was led by 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists from junior Ruby Leon (Fairfield, Calif.). Christina Saint-Pierre (Lantana, Fla.) chipped in 10 points off the bench, shooting 4-of-6 from the field.

“The locker room was in good spirits,” coach Sacha Santimano said following the win over Gordon. “It felt like we finally got the monkey off our backs.”

“It feels awesome and was an all around great team win,” sophomore Krystal Holl (Hagerstown, Md.) said.

The Lions play Nichols at 7:30 p.m. in Dudley, Mass. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

“We just have to continue to trust one another in everything we do,” Holl said.

“For us it’s all about getting better. We got better on Saturday and we closed out the game. We came together as well,” Santimano said. “Right now, we are only thinking about Nichols. One game at a time for us.”

“No matter who we play, we have to play together, fight, focus on the possession at hand and execute whether it be on defense or offense. If we play to our potential and get better everyday, that’s what will make us successful,” Santimano added.

The Lions’ next home game is at 1 p.m. against Endicott on Saturday, Jan. 25.