NEW LONDON, CT – Junior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) erupted to sink a career-high 31 points and eight rebounds to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball squad to a 77-61 non-conference victory at Mitchell College on Saturday afternoon. She would finish shooting a scorching 8-of-14 (57.1%) from three-point range in the stellar performance, just one trifecta short of tying the Colonials' single game record of nine held by Heather Lee.
Senior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) added 13 points and five assists for the Colonials, while juniors Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) and Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) chipped in with seven points apiece.
Amina Wiley led the Mariners with a double-double on 21 points and a game-high 18 boards, while Marissa Sweeney contributed 11 points off the bench.
The difference in the contest came from beyond-the-arc and in the turnover column. The visitors sank 13 trifectas while the hosts managed just two. The Colonials also forced 31 turnovers while committing just 19.
WestConn raced out to an early 9-4 lead capped with a Torres three-pointer. They would hold a 23-20 advantage to end the first quarter.
The Colonials reeled off a 14-4 run in the second to widen the gap to 37-26. Torres began the flurry with yet another long-range three before senior forward Tashai Price (Vernon, CT) rounded out the spurt with an offensive putback.
The Mariners would slice the deficit to 43-40 early in the third but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
With the win, WestConn improved to 9-10 overall while Mitchell dropped to 10-8. The Colonials return to action against visiting Little East Conference foe UMass-Dartmouth on Wednesday 5:30 p.m.