HOBOKEN, NJ – Senior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) tallied a team-high 14 points to go along with a game-high six steals, but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball squad fell at non-conference foe Stevens Institute of Technology on Tuesday night at Canavan Arena. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 1-2 overall while the Ducks improved to 1-0.
It was a tough shooting night for the visitors. They had opportunities but finished just 17-of-75 (22.7%) from the field, while the hosts went 21-of-46 (45.7%). The Colonials also had difficulty from the free throw line, hitting 5-of-13 (38.5%) while the Ducks connected on 8-of-10 (80%) attempts.
The poor shooting proved to be the difference as WestConn forced 34 turnovers while committing just 24. They also racked up 23 offensive boards while the hosts managed just seven.
"We came out really strong in the first half but we didn't come out with the same intensity in the third and fourth quarters," said WestConn head coach Kimberley Rybczyk following the contest. "Therefore, Stevens was able to handle our pressure much more easily," she concluded.
Torres was the lone Colonial to score double figures, while rookie guard Susana Almeida (Danbury, CT) added eight. Classmate Jasmin Caldwell (Mount Vernon, NY) also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Ducks had three different players score double figures as Allie Moss, Christina Li and Danielle Cornetta notched 16, 14 and 12 points, respectively.
WestConn trailed early, 6-0, but rallied to eventually capture a 25-23 lead when Torres drained one of her four three-pointers. The Colonials would maintain the two-point advantage at halftime.
However, Stevens opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and would not look back. They would cement the win, outscoring the Colonials by a 17-10 margin in the final stanza.
WestConn returns to action against Rowan in the two-day Hunter Tournament. Tip-off is slated for Friday at 7 p.m. with the consolation and championship games scheduled for Saturday.