WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior guard Jen Bergeron (Jericho, Vt.) scored a season-high 18 points to lead the No.-2 seeded Warriors to an 87-51 win over No.-7 Plymouth State University Tuesday night in the opening round of the 2004 Little East Conference tournament at Geissler Gymnasium.
Eastern Conn., 22-4 and ranked No. 18 in the d3hoops.com national poll, has won 56 of its last 60 home games. The Warriors advance to face No. 3 seed Rhode Island College (16-10) in the tournament semifinals Friday night at 6 p.m. at Gorham, Maine. PSU completes the season with a 10-16 overall record.
In the other semifinal-round game Friday, top-seeded and host University of Southern Maine (25-1) faces No. 4 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (11-15) at 8 p.m. The tournament final is scheduled for 4 p.m Saturday at Southern Maine, the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Rhode Island downed No. 6 Western Connecticut State University 54-46, Southern Maine eliminated No. 8 Massachusetts Boston 89-47 and Massachusetts Dartmouth dumped Keene State College 80-64 in other first-round games Tuesday.
All 12 Eastern players in uniform contributed to the rout of Plymouth State, which had upset Eastern in overtime in last year's semifinals. Bergeron led three double-digit scorers, with red-shirt freshman Sandy Mosley (Goshen, Conn.) adding 14 points and junior guard Sarah McDonald (Weymouth, Mass.) a season-high 10 points and eight rebounds. Bergeron, Mosley and McDonald combined to hit 19 of 30 of field goals, helping the Warriors to a 51.4 shooting percentage.
Senior All-America guard Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.), who took over as the program's all-time leader in career assists three days ago, finished with only seven points and eight rebounds but handed out 11 assists.
Senior guard Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) had a team-high 17 points and six rebounds for Plymouth, the only player to score in double figures. Allen completes the season as the team scoring leader, averaging 10.8 points per game.
PSU's final record stopped a streak of five straight winning seasons and four consecutive 20-win campaigns for the Panthers. The Panthers are 108-60 in six seasons under head coach Lauren Lavigne.
(Courtesy of ECSU Sports Information)
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