Carly Murphy’s 13 points, 13 boards lead Western over UMass Boston, 60-46

BOX SCORE

DANBURY, CT (Jan. 21) — Junior Carly Murphy (Wolcott, CT) scored 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 60-46 win over Little East Conference rival UMass Boston Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena.

Also scoring in double figures for Western were Nicole Eanniello (Danbury, CT) with 11 points, and senior Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, CT) and freshman Amber Litwinko (Kensington, CT) who each scored 10 points.  Murphy’s 13 boards led the Colonials, while Slonski handed out a game-high five assists.

Freshman Kristen Morrison (North Reading, MA) provided most of the offensive attack for UMass Boston with a game-high 30 points. 

Junior Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) led the Beacons with 13 rebounds, followed by senior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) with 11 rebounds.

Western got on the board quickly with a 3-pointer by Eanniello, but UMass Boston scored the next seven points for a 7-3 lead at the 17:46 mark. 

Western battled back to retake the lead, 10-9, on a layup by Murphy, and still led by a single point with just over five minutes to play before sophomore Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, CT) hit a jumper that sparked a 12-2 run by the Colonials to close out the first half. 

The Western lead was 37-26 going into the locker room at intermission.

Both teams went scoreless over the first three minutes of the second half, before another Eanniello three extended the Western lead to 40-26. 

A Murphy layup pushed the margin to 16 points, 44-28, at the 12:33 mark, and a pair of free throws by Murphy with eight minutes remaining gave Western its largest lead of the game, 52-34. 

UMass Boston then scored the game’s next nine points to close the gap to 52-43 with five minutes to play, but the Western defense didn’t allow the Beacons to score again until the final seconds as the Colonials claimed a 60-46 victory.

For the game, Western held a 44-38 advantage in rebounds, and also had a 16-14 edge in assists. 

Western finished shooting 37.7% from the floor and 69.2% from the line, while UMass Boston only managed 29.8% from the floor, but a solid 80.0% from the line.

With the win, Western now stands at 13-4 on the season, 5-2 in the Little East Conference. 

UMass Boston falls to 5-12, 2-5 in the LEC. 

The Colonials return to action on Tuesday, January 24th, when they travel to play Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30pm.

Newspaper Box Score

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 60, UMASS BOSTON 46

UMASS BOSTON (5-12, 2-5 LEC)
Kirsten Morrison 10-20 8-8 30; Lauren Perra 2-10 0-2 5; Molly Rattigan 2-2 0-0 4; Teresa Pina 1-7 0-0 3; Taylor Whyte 1-4 0-0 2; Elizabeth Dow 1-2 0-0 2; Haley Van Orman 0-0 0-0 0; Brittany Moore 0-2 0-0 0; Shelby Buck 0-1 0-0 0; Elisa Ogawa 0-9 0-0 0. Totals 17-57 8-10 46.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (13-4, 5-2 LEC)
Carly Murphy 5-15 2-2 13; Nicole Eanniello 4-13 0-0 11; Amber Litwinko 4-10 1-2 10; Stephanie Slonski 3-8 4-5 10; Melissa DiNino 4-5 1-2 9; Sciarra Brandt 3-8 1-2 7; Chelsea Mone 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-61 9-13 60.

UMass Boston..................   26   20  -   46
Western Connecticut...........   37   23  -   60

3-point goals--UMass Boston 4-11 (Kirsten Morrison 2-2; Lauren Perra 1-7; Teresa Pina 1-1; Shelby Buck 0-1), Western Connecticut 5-17 (Nicole Eanniello 3-7; Amber Litwinko 1-6; Carly Murphy 1-3; Stephanie Slonski 0-1). Fouled out--UMass Boston-None, Western Connecticut-Melissa DiNino. Rebounds--UMass Boston 38 (Elisa Ogawa 13), Western Connecticut 44 (Carly Murphy 13). Assists--UMass Boston 14 (Lauren Perra 3; Molly Rattigan 3; Elisa Ogawa 3), Western Connecticut 16 (Stephanie Slonski 5). Total fouls--UMass Boston 11, Western Connecticut 10. Technical fouls—Umass Boston-None, Western Connecticut-None. A-144.