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January 5, 2013

Eastern Conn. downs PSU Women’s Hoop

Faretra tops Panthers in LEC setback

            WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Sophomore forward Shannon McCourt scored 20 points and collected 16 rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to a 66-44 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Geisler Arena.

            Freshman Victoria Pfolh also scored in double figures for the Warriors, finishing with 12 points including three three-point baskets.  Eastern picked up its first conference win of the season, improving to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the LEC.

            The Panthers were led by junior Meghan Faretra (Bow, N.H.), who scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.  Freshman Hannah Andry (Melrose, Mass.) added eight points off the Panther bench.

            Eastern used a pair of big runs to pull out to a big lead and force the Panthers to come from behind.  The Warriors were up by just three points at the midway point of the first half (13-10) when they scored 11 unanswered points to push the score to 24-10.  PSU regrouped and got a couple of three-pointers by Faretra and senior Kaylee Towle (Dover, N.H.) to cut the margin down to eight points (26-18) with four minutes to play, but Eastern took an 11-point margin in to the break.

            PSU chipped away at the Warrior lead, pulling to within five points with 12 and a half minutes to play, but Eastern tossed in 12 straight points over the next five minutes to push the margin back up to 17 and maintained the lead the rest of the way.

            Both teams play LEC games again on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., as PSU hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston and ECSU entertains the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

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