WILLIMANTIC, CT – Despite a team-high 26 points from junior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY), the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team fell at cross-state rival Eastern Connecticut, 110-94, in a Little East Conference matchup on Wednesday night. Rookie guard Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) chipped in with 17 points, while sophomore Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) added 14 and a game-high five steals for the Colonials.
Mya Villard paced the Warriors with a double-double on game-highs of 35 points and 12 rebounds, while Kelsey Santgata notched five points and dished out a game-high 11 assists. Emily Menendez added 25 points while shooting a scorching 12-for-15 from the field.
The Colonials nailed 14-of-36 three-point attempts, while the Warriors went scoreless from beyond the arc on their lone attempt. However, the hosts finished shooting 42-of-65 (64.6%) from the field compared to the visitors' 33-for-85 (38.8%). Despite committing more turnovers, the Warriors finished with a commanding edge in rebounds, assists and free throws.
The hosts jumped out to an early 12-5 lead capped with a Villard layup off a feed from Kelly Reardon. Eastern would finish off the strong opening quarter when Menendez scooped a shot off the glass, widening the gap to 35-14.
The Warriors would hold a 51-39 advantage at halftime before the Colonials would rally. WestConn staged a 19-6 run to begin the fourth quarter. Sherwood sliced the deficit to 84-81 when she drove the lane for a layup.
However, Eastern responded with a thunderous 16-3 spurt to put the game out of reach. Menendez converted a point-blank shot to extend the lead to 100-87 with less than three minutes remaining in the contest.
The hosts continued to hit shot after shot as they held off the visitors, improving to 6-10 overall and 4-3 in conference play, while WestConn dropped to 10-9 and 3-5.
The Colonials return to action when they host UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.