DANBURY, CT - Freshman guard Madison Chatman (Meriden, CT) registered team-highs of 11 points and five rebounds, but the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team dropped a 68-59 decision to Rhode Island College at Feldman Arena on Wednesday night.
Chatman was the only Colonial in double figures as senior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) was held to just nine points, 6.5 below her team-leading average. Freshman guard Samantha Garcia (Highland, NY) added eight points.
Sophomore Asiah Knight (Norwalk, CT) also pulled down five rebounds for WestConn, which drops to 11-13 overall and 5-10 in the Little East Conference.
The Anchorwomen were led by four players in double figures in the scoring column. Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, MA) led the visitors with 21 points and three blocked shots.
Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) added 14 points while Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) and Willcia McBorrough (Providence, RI) chipped in 10 points apiece.
McBorrough, a 6'1" freshman hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots for the winners.
The Colonials raced out to a 7-0 advantage following a jumper from freshman guard Imani Baptiste (Bronx, NY) with 5:57 left in the opening period.
A jumper in the lane by McBorrough, with 2:15 remaining in the same quarter, gave Rhode Island College a 13-11 lead and it would never trail again.
WestConn's senior forward Tashai Price (Vernon, CT) connected from the paint in the opening minutes of the third period to bring the host to within one point, 36-35. Price's bucket was two of just six points the Colonials would score in the stanza at the Anchorwomen closed out the period on an 18-4 run and a 54-39 advantage going into the final quarter.
Wednesday night's loss eliminates the Colonials from the upcoming LEC Tournament, which is slated to begin next Tuesday night. WestConn will close out the season against University of Southern Maine at Feldman Arena on Saturday, February 16. The Senior Day festivities will precede the 1 pm tip.
Rhode Island College, now 16-8 overall and 8-7 in the league, secured a spot in next week's tournament. It plays host to University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday at 1.
NOTE: Prior the tip-off WestConn celebrated the 1,000th career point scored by Sherwood, which happened back on January 10 at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She heads into her final collegiate game on Saturday with 1,131 points, 10th on WestConn's all-time scoring list. The Colonials and Anchorwomen joined the rest of the nation and partook in the Play4Kay Foundation on Wednesday. They celebrated the career of legendary women's basketball coach Kay Yow and collected donations throughout the night.