KEENE, NH – The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team utilized a 31-point fourth quarter surge en route to an 87-60 victory at Keene State College in a Little East Conference matchup on Wednesday evening. Junior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) tallied game-highs of 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Colonials, while rookie forward Katelyn Fanning (Dobbs Ferry, NY) and sophomore forward Asiah Knight (Norwalk, CT) chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
WestConn nailed 41.9% (13-of-31) of its three-point attempts while Keene State managed just 23.1% (3-of-13). The visitors also sank nine more free throws and outscored the hosts bench by a whopping 48-18 margin.
Lilly Shlimon paced the Owls with 19 points and six boards, while Tamra Gonyea contributed 17 points.
Keene State would hold a narrow 16-14 advantage to conclude the opening quarter. However, the Colonials would go on a second quarter tear, outscoring the Owls 27-6 to capture a 41-22 halftime lead. Torres would knock down four three-pointers during the barrage.
The Owls answered with a strong third, slicing the deficit to just four points when Gonyea knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 51-47.
But the visitors would retaliate with a massive 25-2 run that began late in the third and carried into the fourth. Rookie guard Imani Baptiste (Bronx, NY) ignited the flurry with a trifecta. Torres would use a nifty crossover dribble to scurry in for a righty layup, widening the gap to 64-47. Senior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) then put the finishing touches on the spurt with a long distance three-pointer from the left wing, 76-49.
With the win, WestConn improved to 11-11 overall and 5-8 in league play, while Keene State fell to 3-19 and 1-13. The Colonials return to action for yet another conference battle at cross-state archrival Eastern Connecticut on Saturday at 1 p.m.