PLYMOUTH, NH - Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) scored 14 points to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 75-74 victory over Plymouth State University at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials, now 10-10 overall and in pursuit of one of six spots for the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament seeds at 4-7, led for the final three quarters and two seconds, but had to hold on the stretch to hold off the hosts.
Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) made a jumper with two seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the Colonials a 19-17 lead. They would lead from that point to the final buzzer. The junior guard added 12 points for the winners.
Torres and Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) each grabbed a team-high six rebounds for the Colonials.
Jess Conant scored a game-high 27 points, on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor, for Plymouth State.
Cassidy Emerson added 17 points and yanked down a game-high 18 caroms for the Panthers, now 9-12 overall and 3-10 in the league.
Brittany Roche poured in 10 points to give PSU a trio of scorers in double digits.
A three-pointer by Torres, with 5:07 remaining in the final stanza, gave the visitors an eight-points advantage, 69-61.
The Panthers rattled off nine of the game's next 10 points and knotted the game at 70-70 following a free throw by Chenysse Hill with 29 second left on the clock.
A pair of free throws from Torres and three made buckets form the charity stripe by Imani Baptiste (Bronx, NY) gave WestConn a 75-71 lead with 14 seconds left.
WestConn will make up a game, after last Wednesday's snow squall, against University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this Monday, February 4. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 pm at Feldman Arena.