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January 11, 2014

Western Conn. defeats PSU Women’s Hoops in LEC match-up

Perry, Lawrence top Panthers with 12 points apiece

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Caroline Brasa (East Hartford, Conn.) scored a game-high 15 points off the bench Saturday afternoon as Western Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State University, 56-42, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

            Brasa converted 7-of-12 from the field to lead the Colonials, while senior Chelsea Mone (Bristol, Conn.) added 14 points and classmate Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, Conn.) chipped in with 10 points. Western won its third game in a row to improve to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the Little East.

            Sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) and freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) paced the Panthers with 12 points apiece.  Senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) and junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) added seven points each but PSU slipped to 1-10 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

            The teams went head to head in the first half as the lead changed six times in the first 10 minutes. PSU held a 16-15 lead at the midway point after a layup by Taylor, but Western rattled off 11 straight points to take a 10-point lead.  Mone and sophomore Kerri Stolle (Warren, Conn.) each had a pair of buckets in the run.  The Panthers pulled back to within seven points put Western took a 34-23 lead into the break.

            Plymouth State whittled the margin down to seven points five minutes into the second half, 37-30, but the visitors went on a 12-5 run over the next nine minutes to open up a 14-point margin, 49-35, with six minutes to go, and Western held on the rest of the way.

            Both teams are back in action with Little East games on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. as PSU visits the University of Massachusetts Boston and Western Connecticut travels to Keene State College.

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