PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Eastern Connecticut State University scored the first 18 points of the game Saturday afternoon and never looked back, posting a 70-43 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Warriors won their fifth straight contest and 13th in their last 14 outings, improving to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in LEC games. PSU dropped its second in a row and fell to 12-5 overall and 3-4 in conference play. Eastern shares first place in the LEC with Western Connecticut.
Senior Nicky Morey (Columbia, Conn.) finished as the game's leading scorer, recording 17 points for Eastern to go along with five assists and five steals. Classmate Christina Amato (Marlboro, Mass.) contributed 12 points, four assists and four steals, and sophomore Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks, Conn.) chipped in with 10 points off the Warrior bench.
Junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) was the only Panther to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. Senior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) was next-highest with nine points.
After falling behind to start the game, PSU pulled to within 13 points (20-7) with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, but could get no closer and trailed by 18 points at halftime, 34-16. The Panthers shot just 18.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes while the Warriors converted at a 50 percent clip.
The teams were back and forth for the first five minutes of the second half until Eastern rattled off 10 straight points to go up by 28 with 12 minutes remaining, 52-24, and PSU didn't challenge the rest of the way.
Both teams are back in action with LEC road games on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Plymouth State visiting Southern Maine and Eastern Conn. traveling to Keene State.
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