WILLIMANTIC, CT – Despite a team-high 15 points from junior guard Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT), the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball squad was downed at cross-state rival Eastern Connecticut, 79-61, in a Little East Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 11-12 overall and 5-9 in league play, while the Warriors improved to 15-8 and 10-4.
The visitors shot just 29.1% (23-of-79) from the field while the hosts shot an efficient 59.0% (36-of-61). Eastern also finished ahead in rebounds, 54-30, and assists, 25-6. WestConn forced 25 turnovers while committing just 11 but it wasn't enough to overcome Eastern's hot shooting.
Davis was the lone Colonial in double figures while senior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) and junior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) added eight and seven points, respectively. Torres also finished with a game-high four steals.
Three players notched double figures including a pair of double-doubles for Eastern. Mya Villard led the way with 23 points and 10 boards, while Kelsey Santagata finished with 10 points and 14 off the glass. Anna Barry added 14 points.
The game was close early as the Warriors held an 18-15 lead to conclude the opening quarter. The hosts then used a 12-2 run in the second to move well ahead for good.
The Colonials would close the gap to seven points in the third. However, Eastern continued to pull away en route to the 79-61 finish.
WestConn returns to action for a pair of LEC contests which will determine their playoff fate next week. They host Rhode Island College on Play4Kay night on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. before they meet visiting league nemesis Southern Maine in the regular season finale on Saturday at 1 p.m.