PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite a game-high 18 points from sophomore sharpshooter Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY), the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team fell at Rhode Island College, 75-49, in their Little East Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in league play, while the Anchorwomen improved to 7-1 and 1-1.
Snyder was the lone player in double figures for the visitors, while junior Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) chipped in seven points.
Jaymayra Castro paced the hosts with 15 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Orenela Livramento added 12 points, seven boards and a pair of blocked shots.
The Colonials shot just 28.8% (17-of-59) from the floor for the contest, while the Anchorwomen finished at a 55% clip (33-for-60). RIC also held a commanding advantage off the glass, finishing with a 48-26 rebounding advantage.
The Anchorwomen jumped out to an early 15-7 lead capped with a Castro layup late in the first quarter.
The hosts stretched the lead to 31-19 when Castro connected on another shot in the lane midway through the second. They would lead 37-28 at halftime.
Rhode Island extended the lead to 18 in the third when Sophia Guerrier connected on the front end on a pair from the charity stripe. The Colonials were unable to put together a rally en route to the loss.
WestConn returns to action for yet another conference matchup when they host archrival Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.