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February 19, 2005

PSU Women’s Basketball drops third straight

 DANBURY, Conn. - The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team led nearly the entire contest Saturday afternoon on its way to a 74-67 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University on Senior Day at Feldman Arena.

              The Colonials complete the regular season at 12-13 overall and 5-9 in the LEC, while PSU ends up at 9-15 overall and 5-9 in conference play.  The two teams finish tied with UMass Dartmouth for fifth place in the Little East.

              The Colonials held the lead for all but an 18-second break early in the game when the Panthers led 3-2.  WestConn came back to take its largest first-half advantage (18-10) with eight minutes to play before settling for a 38-32 margin at the break.

              The hosts built their biggest lead (65-50) with four minutes left in the game.  PSU came to life, outscoring the Colonials 17-6 to pull to within four points (71-67) with 25 seconds on the clock, but WestConn made four free throws to close out the Panthers.

              Freshman Carrie Hincks (Riverton, Conn.) came off the Colonial bench to lead all scorers with a career-high 17 points.  Classmate Jessica Minotti (Shelton, Conn.) added 15 points, sophomore Mallory Stevens (Seymour, Conn.) contributed 14 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Ally Greenwood (East Hartford, Conn.) finished with 13 points and five assists.

              Freshman Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) was the high scorer for Plymouth State with 12 points, while sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) contributed 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.  Senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) also added eight points and 10 boards.

            The Little East Tournament begins Tuesday with sixth-seeded Plymouth State visiting third-seeded Keene State (5:30 p.m.) and seventh-seeded Western Conn. traveling to second-seeded Eastern Conn. (7:00 p.m.)  Other first round games include fourth-seeded Rhode Island College hosting fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth (5:30 p.m.) and top-seeded Southern Maine hosting eighth-seeded UMass Boston (7:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy of WCSU Sports Information)

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