DANBURY, CT - Junior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 73-55 victory over visiting Plymouth State University at Feldman Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials, now 6-8, picked up their first victory in Little East Conference play and are now 1-5. The Panthers fall to 6-9 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
Senior sharp-shooter Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY), fresh off scoring her 1,000th career point on Thursday, followed with 16 points for the winners.
Senior forward Jess Conant (Canton, ME) led Plymouth State with 17 points. Chenysse Hill (Lynn, MA) added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
Both teams shot identical from the floor on Saturday, connecting on 25-of-52 attempts, but WestConn buried nine three pointers while the Panthers went 0-for-6 from long range.
The Colonials raced out to a 6-0 lead following a bucket from freshman guard Hannah Maghini (Bristol, CT) with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter.
PSU battled back after the slow start and registered its largest lead of the game, six points at 19-13, following a lay-up from Brittany Roche (Londonderry, NH) with 2:18 left in the opening stanza.
A three-pointer from Rian Soucia (Marlborough, NH), with 4:44 left before halftime, broke the game's fourth deadlock and gave the Colonials a 28-25 advantage. They would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
A lay in by Torres with 2:43 left in the third period gave WestConn its largest lead of the contest, 54-34.
A pair of three throws by Conant pulled the visitors within 10 points, 63-53 with 7:22 left in the game, but the Panthers could not get any closer.
The Colonials play host to Keene State College on Wednesday, January 16. Game time against the Owls is set for 5:30 pm.
The Panthers travel to Northern Vermont-Johnson for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday, January 15. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 pm.