WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Freshman forward Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.) scored 31 points Saturday to lead five double-figure scorers as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team won its 11th straight game, 97-74, over Plymouth State College in a Little East Conference game.
Plymouth State (10-5, 4-3) is the last team to beat Eastern, scoring the most points against Eastern in the 30-year history of the Warriors' program in a 96-85 win Dec. 2 at Plymouth, NH. The win is the ninth straight at home this year and 11th straight overall at Geissler Gym for Eastern, ranked second in New England and 21st nationally.
The conference's top-scoring team at 82.1 points per game, PSC was limited to just 36 in the first half Saturday. Eastern (14-1, 6-1) led by only six, 40-34 but outscored Plymouth 15-2 over the final four minutes of the first half to take a 19-point lead, 55-36, into the break. Freshman post player Meghan Fogg (Clinton, Conn.) keyed the late first-half spurt with five points in final 1:39. Fogg had replaced team scoring and rebounding leader Kristyn Grassi (Tolland, Conn) after the latter depart with her third personal foul with seven minutes left in the half. Coleman, who became the first ECSU freshman to record a triple-double (30-11-10) in the loss this year to Plymouth, added 12 rebounds -- one shy of her collegiate high -- to help ECSU outrebound the Panthers 58-35. Joanna Debicki (Shelton, Conn.) followed Coleman with 18 points -- her highest total since the season-opener -- while junior Darcy Mund (Marlborough, Conn.) had 13 points, a season-high eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Grassi added 15 points and eight rebounds while Fogg posted collegiate highs with 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) led PSC with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds while adding four steals. Sophomore guard Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Conn.) came off the bench with 14 points for Plymouth, which has lost five straight road games.
PSC plays another tough LEC road games in its next outing Tuesday at LEC co-leader Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.)