DANBURY, Conn. - Plymouth State College struggled through a poor shooting performance Saturday, and dropped a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Western Connecticut, 74-66.
The Panthers led 33-29 at halftime, but couldn't hold on to defeat the defending conference champions and pre-season favorites. PSC shot 28 percent from the field for the game (19-of-66), 61 percent from the free throw line (27-of-44), and eight percent from three-point range (1-of-12). The win improved Western Connecticut to 2-0 in LEC play, 3-4 overall, while the Panthers are now 1-1 in the conference, 5-3 overall.
Four players scored in double figures for the Colonials. Shanna Fairchild registered 14 points and nine rebounds, Deanita Lane added 12 points and 11 boards, Jasmine Arroyo contributed 11 points and Arianna Dolock tossed in 10. PSC was led by sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine). Albert scored 19 points and Fournier added 13, while the two shared the team rebounding lead with seven apiece. Senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) was the only other Panther to score in double figures with 11 points. The two teams were tied at 57-all with 4:07 remaining, and the Panthers were within three points (69-66) in the final minute, but the Colonials made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
PSC plays one more game before the holiday break - next Saturday (Dec. 16) at Foley Gymnasium against Johnson & Wales (2:00 p.m.)