Lewis, Lawrence lead Panthers in loss
DANBURY, Conn. – Senior Caroline Brasa (East Hartford, Conn.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season, leading Western Connecticut over Plymouth State University, 60-36, in Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball on Saturday afternoon.
Brasa, the defending LEC Player of the Week, poured in a season-high 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds. Plymouth was led by senior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) and sophomore Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.), who each finished with nine points. Lewis added five rebounds and two steals, while sophomore Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) came off the bench to contribute four points, five rebounds and three assists.
Lawrence connected on back-to-back possessions early on, scoring PSU's first four points. A pair of Beatrice free throws gave Plymouth a 6-5 lead six minutes into the game, but Brasa and sophomore Emily Dobson (Westerly, R.I.) would combine to score the next nine points and WCSU wouldn't trail again.
Lewis scored seven straight points for PSU midway through the frame, and a pair of Lawrence free throws cut the WCSU lead to 21-17 with 3:30 left in the opening half, but the Colonials would score five unanswered points for a 26-17 halftime lead.
Brasa set up junior Kerri Stolle (Warren, Conn.) for a three-pointer to open the second half and the Colonials would lead by double-digits the rest of the way. Despite playing shorthanded, WCSU dressed just seven players, the Colonials owned a 45-26 advantage on the boards and recorded an assist on 22 of the team's 23 baskets.
Plymouth State (6-6, 0-3 LEC) will host UMass Boston in another LEC match-up Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Western Connecticut will also be in action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, hosting LEC foe Keene State College.
(With contributions from Western Conn. Sports Information)
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