BOSTON, MA- The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team was downed at Little East Conference opponent UMass-Boston, 92-60, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials concluded the regular season at 11-14 overall and 4-10 in league play, earning the No. 5 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. They will travel to fourth-seeded cross-state rival Eastern Connecticut for a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., seeking to upend them for the second time in a week.
WestConn was paced by a trio of 11-point performances from junior Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY), sophomore Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) and rookie Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY). The Beacons had six players net double figures as Geanna Williams and Megan Dixon led the way with 13 apiece.
The hosts finished the contest shooting 44.6% (37-of-83) from the field compared to the visitor's 26.7% (23-of-86). WestConn managed to garner the advantage on the boards, 58-55. However, UMass-Boston moved the ball well, dishing out 31 assists while the Colonials finished with eight.
UMass-Boston led from start to finish as they began the game with a 23-3 run. After being outplayed for the majority of the contest, the Colonials fought back in the fourth quarter and showed they would not give up, being edged 19-15 in the final stanza.
The Beacons wrapped up the slate at 22-3 overall and 12-2 in league play, seizing the second seed in the LEC's where they will square off against No. 7 seed Plymouth State. Third-seeded Southern Maine will host No. 6 Keene State and top-seed UMass-Dartmouth will battle No. 8 Rhode Island College in the quarterfinals scheduled for Tuesday. The Colonials won the tie breaker versus Keene as they finished 1-1 against the Warriors while the Owls went 0-2.
The remaining four seeds will meet on Friday in the LEC semifinals before the championship game on Saturday.