Three WestConn Players Score In Double Figures, But Comeback Falls Short At Southern Maine, 79-77

Three WestConn Players Score In Double Figures, But Comeback Falls Short At Southern Maine, 79-77

GORHAM, ME - Junior Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) scored a team-high 20 points, but the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team fell at University of Southern Maine, 79-77, after Kristen Curley drained the game-winning bucket at the buzzer on Saturday on Fifield Court.

Joining Sherwood in double figures in the scoring column were Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) and Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) which scored 16 and 11 points, respectively for the Colonials.

Curley led all players with 35 points on 16-of-24 shooting from the field.  She also pulled down seven rebounds and registered a pair of steals.

Alexa Srolovitz added a dozen points while Chantel Eells and Miranda Nicely chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Huskies.  Nicely and Eelss each grabbed 12 caroms as USM controlled the boards and out-rebounded WestConn, 60-34 on Saturday.

Sydney Gouveia (New Fairfield, CT) led the Colonials, now 10-8 overall and 3-4 in the league, with seven rebounds while Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) yanked down six boards.

The Huskies improve to 9-8 overall and are tied with UMass Boston in second place in the LEC at 6-1.  UMass Dartmouth remains atop the league standings at the midway point with a 7-0 mark.

WestConn led for much of the first quarter before a traditional three-point play by Curley put USM up 17-15 with a minute remaining in the period.

After falling behind, 38-31 at the break, the Colonials re-took the lead, 46-44, on a long three pointer from Sherwood with 6:18 remaining in the third stanza.  The lead would change hands four times to the end of the third quarter as the visitors held a slim 56-55 advantage following a pair of free throws from Snyder in the closing minute.

In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, LaBonte buried a three pointer with 14 seconds remaining in the contest to knot the game for the 11th time, 77-77.

WestConn travels to intra-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday, January 24.  Tip-off between the Colonials and Warriors is slated for 5:30 pm at Geissler Gymnasium.