DANBURY, CT - Junior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) scored a game-high 21 points, but it was not enough as the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team dropped an 81-73 decision to visiting University of Massachusetts Boston at Feldman Arena on Alumni Day on Saturday.
Sherwood connected on 7-of-16 shots from the field including 6-of-13 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) added 11 points for the Colonials, which fall to 9-7 overall and 2-3 in the Little East Conference. Both Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) and Sydney Gouveia (New Fairfield, CT) each scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for WestConn.
The Beacons, now 14-1 and atop the LEC standing with a 5-0 mark, had a balanced score sheet headed by freshman forward Joie Grassi's (Plymouth, MA) 15 points. Raven Kelsey (Boston, MA) and Katie Mathieu (Coventry, CT) added 12 points apiece while Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, MA) chipped in 10 points for the winners.
UMass Boston led by as many as 12 points, 31-19, following a lay-up from Niyera Mitchell (Easton, MA) with 4:18 remaining before intermission.
The Colonials battled back and took their first lead, 53-52, after Megan Hasty (Vernon, CT) drilled a three pointer from the left side with 3:04 remaining in the third stanza.
Gouveia dropped a bucket in the lane, with 8:51 remaining in the game to give the hosts its biggest lead of the afternoon, 61-57.
"I was super proud of the effort we gave today," stated WestConn mentor Kimberley Rybczyk. "We put ourselves in position to win the game, but just fell short at the end."
A jumper in the lane by Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, CT) put the Beacons back up, 64-62 with 7:15 left. UMB went on an 11-0 run and built a nine-point bulge over the next minute and a half.
WestConn begins a three-game LEC road trip on Wednesday, January 17 when it takes on Rhode Island College. Tip-off with the Anchorwomen is set for 5:30 pm in Providence, RI. The Beacons are set to battle intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth, in North Dartmouth, MA on Wednesday, also at 5:30 pm.