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PSU Women’s Hoop drops LEC opener at Eastern Conn.

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              WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team held Plymouth State University to one point over a stretch of 11 minutes in the first half Saturday afternoon on the way to a 65-45 win in the Little East Conference opener for both teams at Geissler Gymnasium.

              Eastern seniors Christina Amato (Marlboro, Mass.) and Nicky Morey (Columbia, Conn.) and sophomore Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, Conn.) combined for 45 points, 15 rebounds, 14 steals, and nine assists. Morey led all players in the game with 19 points to move to within 17 of 1,000 in her career. She also had six assists and five rebounds; Moriarty had her fourth double-figure scoring game this year with 18 points and four steals, and Amato had a career-high eight steals to go along with eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.  Senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton), who scored her 1,000th career point Thursday, had nine points and matched Amato with seven rebounds.

              Plymouth State, which has lost its last two after winning its first four, was held to less than 30 percent shooting from the floor. Sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) and juniors Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) and Katie Sunderland (Londonderry, N.H.) combined for 31 of their team's points. Kania had 11 points (5-for-9 from the floor) and five rebounds, Kent 10 points (8-for-10 from the stripe) and five rebounds and Sunderland 10 points (4-for-6 from the floor).

              Trailing by a point in the opening minutes of the game, Eastern held Plymouth State scoreless from the floor over a stretch of 11 minutes to  build a 27-12 lead with 3:31 left in the half.  The Panthers  missed 12 shots from the floor in that span as the Warriors posted their 12th straight win over PSU.

              Plymouth State, 4-2 overall, is back on the court Tuesday with a non-conference game at Lasell (8:00 p.m.)  Eastern, 4-1, hosts Mount Holyoke College Thursday at 7 p.m.

 (Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information) 

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