MILTON, MA – After a season opening loss to Wellesley College in Day One of the Curry College Tip-Off Tournament yesterday, the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team rebounded with a 76-61 non-league victory at host Curry in the consolation game on Saturday afternoon at Katz Gymnasium. Senior guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) led three Colonials in double figures with 14, while sophomore Hannah Maghini (Bristol, CT) and rookie Lola Herman (Brooklyn, NY) chipped in with 12 and 11, respectively. Hurlbert's stellar play earned her All-Tournament accolades.
"We didn't come out strong yesterday and it was great to see us keep our composure and regroup for the second day," said WestConn head coach Kimberley Rybczyk following the contest. "It was nice to see us do well in our game what we've already been doing well in practice," she added.
The Colonials had a rough day on the boards in the season-opener, but outmuscled Curry in the rebounding column, 62-35, on Day Two. The visitors also forced 35 turnovers in the strong effort.
Leading 34-31 at halftime, WestConn erupted to outscore Curry, 23-6, in the third quarter. Herman sparked the run with a layup and would cap it with a three-pointer off a feed from senior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT). The hosts would not recover from the barrage.
Kristyanna Remillard paced Curry with a game-high 21 points, while Kathryn Dunn tacked on 11. With the win, the Colonials moved to 1-1 overall while Curry fell to 0-2.
WestConn returns to action at non-conference opponent Stevens on Tuesday at 7 p.m.