Taylor Nkonoki leads Western with 14 points in 54-39 win over Roger Williams

BOX SCORE

SPRINGFIELD, MA (Jan. 2) —Junior guard Taylor Nkonoki (Middletown, CT) scored a team-high 14 points and the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team clamped down defensively to defeat Roger Williams College, 54-39 in the consolation game of the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic at Springfield College on Monday afternoon.

Senior Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, CT) added 10 points as the Colonials ended a three-game skid and now are 8-3 on the season.

Carly Murphy (Wolcott, CT) and Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, CT) added eight and six points, respectively. Brandt played an all-around game, pulling down a team-high seven rebounds and handing out a team-high four assists.

Roger Williams, 4-5, was led by Alexandria Lanieri who canned a game-high 20 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the field. She also led all players with 11 boards. The rest of the team hit just 7 of 28 shots from the field on the afternoon.

Western travels to City College of New York on Thursday. Game time is slated for 7 pm, then return to Little East Conference action when it hosts UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, January 7 at 1 pm.

Newspaper Box Score

Western Connecticut vs Roger Williams
01/02/12 1:30 PM at Springfield, Mass.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 54, ROGER WILLIAMS 39

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (8-3)
Taylor Nkonoki 4-5 2-2 14; Stephanie Slonski 4-9 1-1 10; Carly Murphy 3-6
2-3 8; Sciarra Brandt 2-11 2-3 6; Amber Litwinko 1-6 2-2 5; Jackie Zilnicki
2-7 0-0 4; Caroline Brasa 1-5 0-0 3; Nicole Eanniello 1-6 0-0 2; Kristin
Mooney 1-3 0-0 2; Melissa DiNino 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-60 9-11 54.

ROGER WILLIAMS (4-5)
Alexandria Lanieri 10-19 0-0 20; Kaitlyn Bovee 3-7 2-2 9; Amanda Keane 1-2
2-5 4; Lauren Stumper 1-7 0-0 2; Paige Congdon 1-3 0-1 2; Lisa Lutz 1-2 0-0
2; Rachel Chuckran 0-0 0-0 0; Hannah Pirez 0-3 0-0 0; Mary O'Donnell 0-1 0-0
0; Abby Marsh 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 4-8 39.

Western Connecticut...... 24 30 54
Roger Williams........... 17 22 39

3-point goals--Western Connecticut 7-29 (Taylor Nkonoki 4-4; Caroline Brasa
1-5; Stephanie Slonski 1-2; Amber Litwinko 1-5; Nicole Eanniello 0-3;
Kristin Mooney 0-1; Jackie Zilnicki 0-4; Sciarra Brandt 0-4; Carly Murphy
0-1), Roger Williams 1-4 (Kaitlyn Bovee 1-2; Amanda Keane 0-1; Abby Marsh
0-1). Fouled out--Western Connecticut-None, Roger Williams-None.
Rebounds--Western Connecticut 36 (Sciarra Brandt 7), Roger Williams 39
(Alexandria Lanieri 11). Assists--Western Connecticut 11 (Sciarra Brandt 4),
Roger Williams 6 (Paige Congdon 3). Total fouls--Western Connecticut 10,
Roger Williams 12. Technical fouls--Western Connecticut-None, Roger
Williams-None. A-100