DANBURY, Conn. - Junior Heather Lee (Seymour, Conn.) scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 68-46 victory over Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University at Feldman Arena.
The Colonials improve to 18-3 overall and remain one game in front of Eastern Connecticut to the top spot in the league at 9-1. Plymouth State drops to 14-7 overall and 4-6 in the LEC.
Plymouth State raced out to a 4-0 lead on back-to-back lay ups from Katie Sunderland (Londonderry, N.H.) in the opening minutes. With 7:06 remaining in the first half, the Panthers went up by three, 22-19 when Laura Kent (Belingham, Mass.) hit the back end of two free throws. That would be the last lead the visitors would hold. WestConn scored 10 of the half's final 14 points and took a 29-26 lead into the locker room following a pair of free throws by Lee with 1.8 seconds remaining.
The Colonials built their lead up to 12 points, 42-30, just 6:08 into the final stanza when Carly Murphy (Wolcott, Conn.) buried one of two from the charity stripe. Although Plymouth State drew within seven points on three different occasions before the midway point of the half, it never really threatened over the final 9:54 as the Colonials held a double-digit advantage.
Also scoring in double figures for WestConn were junior Karli Spera (Waterford, Conn.) with 16 points, and junior Melissa Teel (Hamden, Conn.) who scored 12 points to go with a game-high 19 rebounds. It was Teels 17th double-double of the season and third time she pulled down 19 or more caroms.
PSU was led by junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) who had 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) added 12 points in the loss.
Prior the start of the game, WestConn celebrated the career of senior forward Katie Moffo (Southington, Conn.) who is the only senior on the this year's team.
WestConn takes to the road on Tuesday when it faces Rhode Island College in Providence, while the Panthers return home to host University of Southern Maine, also on Tuesday, both games at 5:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Western Conn. Sports Information)
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