Panthers fall to LEC-leading Warriors
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team led from start to finish after scoring the first seven points of the game in a 76-46 Little East Conference (LEC) victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
With the win, Eastern Connecticut (16-5, 8-2 LEC) maintains a share of the top spot in the conference with Western Connecticut while Plymouth State falls to 6-15 overall and 0-10 in league play.
The Warriors shot the ball well to open the game, connecting on 8-of-16 from the floor in the first quarter to build a 21-10 lead after ten minutes. Panther freshman Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) was perfect from the floor in the quarter connecting from long range and inside on the way to five points in just three minutes on the floor.
ECSU opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run to lead 33-10 after 2:48, before junior Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) stopped the surge with a three-pointer. Freshman Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) connected from deep on the next Panther possession, sparking a 15-8 spurt for the Panthers. Junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) and freshman Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) also connected from downtown during the run, which was capped by a jumper from freshman Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) to cut the PSU deficit to 44-28 at halftime.
The Warriors took control of the game with a strong defensive third quarter, outscoring Plymouth State 18-3 in the frame, then hung on for the win.
Plymouth State nailed eight three-pointers in the loss, matching the season-high for made triples in a game. PSU previously connect from distance eight times against Rhode Island College on December 5.
Beatrice led the Panther offense with eight points, as Roche finished with seven. Lawrence and senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) each chipped in with six points, while junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Junior guard Jordyn Nappi (Southington, Conn.) led three Warriors in double-figures, tallying 17 points. Senior Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, Mass.) added 15 points and seven rebounds and junior Lexis Foster (Groton, Conn.) contributed 12 points with five rebounds.
Plymouth State returns to Foley Gymnasium for a pair of home games next week. The Panthers host in-state and LEC rival Keene State on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.), before celebrating Senior Day against the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.).
(With contributions from Eastern Connecticut State University Sports Information)
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