Western women cruise past Plymouth, 65-40 and earn fourth seed in upcoming Little East Tournament

story by Samuel Rathbun - Western student assistant

BOX SCORE

DANBURY, CT (Feb. 18) —Junior Carly Murphy (Wolcott, CT) led Western Connecticut State University women’s basketball  team with 14 points and 16 rebounds as the Colonials knocked off the Plymouth State University, 65-40 on Senior Day at Feldman Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Melissa DiNino (Waterbury, CT), sophomore Caroline Brasa (E. Hartford, CT), and freshman Amber Litwinko (Kensington, CT) also scored in double figures with 13, 12, and 10 points, respectively.

Sophomore Krystin Corliss (Barnstead, NH) led Plymouth State with 12 points and four rebounds on the afternoon.

Following a ceremony recognizing the lone Colonials’ senior, Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, CT), who was sidelined with a hand injury she suffered at Rhode Island College last Tuesday, the Colonials jumped out to the early lead, converting on their third shot of the game when Brasa knocked down one of her two three pointers on the afternoon giving WestConn the early 3-0 lead at the 18:41 mark of the first half.

That bucket would prove to lead to the only lead change of the game as the Colonials never looked back, extending their lead to as many as 24 points, 30-6 lead with 7:59 remaining in the first half.

The Panthers, 5-19 overall and 1-13 in the Little East Conference, chipped away at the deficit a bit in the final minutes of the half, but the two teams headed into the locker with Western up 34-17.

The second half played out much like the first as the Colonials dominated play, extending their lead to as many as 27 points, 58-31 advantage at the 6:02 mark of the final stanza.

Plymouth State again chipped away at the lead but the Western offense proved to be too much as the final buzzer sounded with the Colonials walking away with the 65-40 win.

For the game, Western held a 52-40 advantage in rebounds along with a 22-7 lead in assists while finishing the afternoon shooting 36.8% from the floor and 75% from the line.

Plymouth State finished the afternoon shooting 28.1% from the floor and 42.9% from the free-throw line, respectively.
With the win, Western finishes the regular season at 16-9 and earns the fourth seed of the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament with a 8-6 league mark.

The Colonials will play host to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm.

Newspaper Box Score
Plymouth State vs Western Connecticut
02/18/12 1:00 pm at Feldman Arena- Danbury, Conn.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 65, PLYMOUTH STATE 40

PLYMOUTH STATE (5-19, 1-13 LEC)
Krystin Corliss 5-8 2-3 12; Kristen Cournoyer 2-7 0-1 6; Kristin Crotts 2-7
2-4 6; Kellie Walsh 2-13 1-2 5; Sam Monohon 2-3 0-0 4; Kristen Hrubowchak
1-3 0-1 2; Kaylee Towle 1-3 0-1 2; Michaela Galvin 1-6 0-0 2; Meghan Faretra
0-2 1-2 1; Katie Seraikas 0-1 0-0 0; Jacqui Perry 0-1 0-0 0; Tiffany Lewis
0-3 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 6-14 40.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (16-9, 8-6 LEC)
Carly Murphy 5-14 3-4 14; Melissa DiNino 6-17 1-2 13; Caroline Brasa 4-11
2-2 12; Amber Litwinko 3-9 4-4 10; Sciarra Brandt 4-8 0-0 8; Jackie Zilnicki
1-1 2-4 4; Nicole Eanniello 2-4 0-0 4; Chelsea Mone 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-68
12-16 65.

Plymouth State............ 17 23 40
Western Connecticut....... 34 31 65

3-point goals--Plymouth State 2-15 (Kristen Cournoyer 2-4; Kristin Crotts
0-2; Kellie Walsh 0-2; Kristen Hrubowchak 0-1; Kaylee Towle 0-2; Michaela
Galvin 0-2; Meghan Faretra 0-1; Krystin Corliss 0-1), Western Connecticut
3-13 (Caroline Brasa 2-3; Carly Murphy 1-3; Amber Litwinko 0-2; Sciarra
Brandt 0-2; Nicole Eanniello 0-2; Chelsea Mone 0-1). Fouled out--Plymouth
State-None, Western Connecticut-None. Rebounds--Plymouth State 40 (Kristin
Crotts 8), Western Connecticut 52 (Carly Murphy 16). Assists--Plymouth State
7 (Kristen Hrubowchak 2; Kristin Crotts 2), Western Connecticut 22 (Caroline
Brasa 5). Total fouls--Plymouth State 13, Western Connecticut 15. Technical
fouls--Plymouth State-None, Western Connecticut-None. A-122
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