Lawrence, Bennett highlight Panther effort
DANBURY, Conn. – Senior Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, Conn.) scored 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 58-44 victory over Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University at Feldman Arena.
Three other Colonials finished in double digits in the scoring column with Chelsea Mone (Bristol, Conn.) and Maggie Eberhardt (Thomaston, Conn.) adding 11 and 10 points, respectively for the winners.
Plymouth State was led by freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) who scored 12 points. Sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) scored all 10 of her points in the first half as the Panthers took a 32-28 advantage into intermission.
Just before the first half ended, Brandt's twin sister Brittany Brandt (Thomaston, Conn.) went down with a game-ending injury that seemingly lit a spark in the Colonials. Western came out of the locker room and allowed just four points over the first 4:34 and were able to build a lead, 50-36 that it would not relinquish. It allowed a total 12 points over the final 20 minutes.
Sciarra Brandt scored 10 of her game-high points in the second stanza to lead all players.
Sophomore Kerri Stolle (Warren, Conn,) had six assists and pulled down six rebounds for Western, which improves to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the Little East Conference.
Senior Krystin Corliss (Barnstead, NH) had a solid all-around game for the Panthers, which drop to 2-17 overall and 1-9 in the league. She had seven points, a team-high 10 rebounds and dished out six assists.
In the first half, Plymouth State held a six-point advantage on two occasions, the last time came following a long three-point bucket by Corliss with 1:09 left before the break.
Western has now won four straight games and are tied with University of Southern Maine in third place in the LEC with four league contest to play.
The Colonials travel to Rhode Island College on Tuesday, February 11 for 5:30 pm meeting with the Anchorwomen. The Panthers play host to Southern Maine on Tuesday, also at 5:30 pm.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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