DANBURY, CT – Four different players tallied double figures in points while three others finished with nine apiece as the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team utilized a balance scoring attack to earn their first Little East Conference win of the season, downing visiting Plymouth State, 89-75. Sophomore guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) paced the Colonials with 14, while rookie forward Asiah Knight (Norwalk, CT) added eight to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Sophomores Kathiana Monestime (Somerville, MA), Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) and rookie Sydney Gouveia (New Fairfield, CT) chipped in with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively for the hosts. Junior forward Jess Conant (Canton, ME) led the Panthers with a game-high 18 points, while freshman forward Brittany Roche (Londonderry, NH) netted 16 while snagging nine boards.
Despite shooting just 32.7% from the floor compared to Plymouth's 53.3%, the Colonials knocked down 14 attempts from beyond the arc, while the Panthers hit just two. WestConn won the battle on the glass, 56-44, while also forcing 32 turnovers while committing just 18 themselves.
"This game was a confidence builder as we got back into conference play. It was exactly what we needed," stated Colonial head coach Kimberley Rybczyk following the contest.
It was all WestConn from start-to-finish as they jumped out to a 12-point lead near the conclusion of the opening quarter when rookie guard Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) buried a three-pointer.
Hurlbert recorded a theft and scurried in for an easy layup, widening the gap to 49-29 with 4:31 left in the second quarter. The visitors sliced into the deficit before Torres put home an offensive putback, setting the count at 51-39 at the break.
The advantage ballooned to 22 points when rookie forward Faith Thurmond (Seymour, CT) took a feed from Snyder and converted a shot off the glass midway through the third stanza.
The Panthers would narrow the score to 80-71 when junior guard Cassidy Emerson (Concord, NH) connected on back-to-back baskets. However, the visitors couldn't overcome the margin as WestConn finished the game with a 9-4 spurt to cement the victory.
With the win, the Colonials improved to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Plymouth State dropped to 4-8 and 0-3. WestConn returns to action at non-league foe Sage on Monday at 5 p.m.