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February 7, 2004

Eastern Conn. rolls past PSU Women’s Basketball

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior All-American Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.) finished one assist shy of a triple-double Saturday afternoon, scoring all 18 of her points in the second half to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to a 76-53 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

ECSU, ranked sixth in this week's D3hoops.com national poll, improved to 18-3 overall and 8-2 in LEC games, while PSU dropped to 10-11 and 4-6 in the conference. Plymouth State upset Eastern last season in the semifinals of the LEC Tournament, the last team to defeat the Warriors before they went on to the Division III national championship game.

Coleman, the three-time LEC Player of the Year, missed her only three shot attempts in the first 20 minutes, but came back to sink 9-of-12 in the second half and finish with a game-high 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. She wrapped up her four-year career in Foley Gym, averaging 23.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks while connecting on over 50 percent of her shots.

The Warriors also got a double-double effort (13 points, 10 boards) from freshman Sandy Mosley (Goshen, Conn.) and a 14-point, seven-rebound performance from sophomore Katie Kline (North Brookfield, Mass.). Freshman Sara Paradis (Bristol, Conn.) chipped in with 10 points, and senior Kathleen Burdelski (Newington, Conn.) added nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Plymouth State had only one player score in double figures, as senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) finished with 13 points. Junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored nine points for the hosts, while junior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) and freshmen Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) contributed eight points apiece.

The Panthers hung in the game throughout the first half, limiting Eastern's lead to single digits and going into the locker room trailing 32-23. The Warriors maintained a double-digit advantage most of the second half, increasing their margin to 15 points (48-33) with 12 minutes remaining and surging to a 23-point bulge with nine minutes to play. PSU got no closer than 16 the rest of the way.

The Warriors were good on 51.5 percent shooting from the field, while holding PSU to a 35.3 percentage and outrebounding the Panthers 48-37. Eastern pulled out the win despite shooting only 20 percent from the free throw line (3-of-15), while the Panthers weren't much better, making only 3-of-8.

Both teams return to action on the road Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against their in-state rivals. PSU visits Keene State while Eastern travels to Western Connecticut.

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