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Colonials hold on at Plymouth State and defeat Panthers, 75-74

Colonials hold on at Plymouth State and defeat Panthers, 75-74

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.

Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) and Asiah Knight (Norwalk, CT) contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, as WestConn finished with four players in double figures in the scoring column.

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.