Panthers suffer fourth straight setback
DANBURY, Conn. – The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team scored the game's first 17 points Saturday afternoon, 11 coming from senior Heather Lee, as the Colonials cruised to a 77-34 win over Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University at Feldman Arena.
Lee finished with 23 points to lead the Colonials, followed by senior Karli Spera with 12 points and sophomore Nicole Eanniello with 11. Senior Melissa Teel led WestConn with 10 rebounds, while freshman Tequilla Lloyd pulled down eight. Spera handed out eight assists for the Colonials, who improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in the Little East.
For Plymouth State, sophomore Lindsey Burke led a balanced scoring attack with seven points, followed by junior Michaela Galvin and junior Kristen Cournoyer, who scored five points each. Freshman Sammie Walker grabbed nine rebounds for the Panthers, who fell to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the LEC
For the third game in a row, WestConn, ranked 25th nationally, held its opponent scoreless for the game's first five minutes, posting 17 points before the visitors finally got on the board at the 14:08 mark. Lee scored 11 of the Colonials' 17 points during that stretch and matched Plymouth State's point total in the first half with 17 points. WestConn's defense continued to pressure the Panthers and the Colonials cruised into the locker room with a 48-17 lead at intermission.
Defense dominated the opening minutes of the second half with neither team scoring for nearly four minutes until junior Stephanie Slonski hit a jumper to give WestConn a 50-17 lead. Plymouth State scored when Colleen O'Hara hit one of two free throws at the 16:03 mark, but the Panthers struggled from the line hitting only eight of 19 attempts in the second half and only 12-of-27 for the game.,
Both teams play LEC home games again on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., WestConn hosting Keene State and PSU entertaining UMass Boston.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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