WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT NATIONALLY RANKED NO. 25 EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE, 66-41
Jan. 31, 2009
WILLIMANTIC, CT -- The number 25 Eastern Connecticut State women's basketball team held University of Massachusetts Boston to just 28.1% (16-57) shooting as it went on to take a 66-41 victory today in a Little East Conference contest at Geissler Gymnasium in Willimantic, CT. The Beacons fall to 3-16 overall and 1-8 in LEC play, while the Warriors, who are ranked in the D3hoops.com national poll, win their eighth straight game to improve to 17-2 and 8-1.
Eastern Connecticut State raced out to a 12-2 lead with 12:57 to go in the first half, but UMass Boston came back with a 9-2 run, paced by seven points from freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke), to cut the deficit to 14-11 with 8:43 showing in the opening half. The Warriors ripped off nine straight points to build their lead to 23-11 with 5:59 left in the first stanza and owned a 30-23 halftime advantage.
Eastern Connecticut shot out of the gate for the second half with a 19-4 stretch, led by seven points from senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia, CT), to give the home team a 49-27 margin with 10:39 remaining in the game.
The Beacons would get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 27 before the Warriors settled for the 66-41 win.
Eastern Connecticut State took advantage of UMass Boston's 26 turnovers, outscoring the visitors, 26-1, on points off turnovers for the game.
Morey led the Warriors with 14 points and added two rebounds and an assist, while senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol, CT) posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to go with two steals and a pair of blocks. Freshman forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) made the most of her eight minutes off the bench, scoring nine points, including a perfect 5-5 from the line in addition to two rebounds.
Langford finished with a career-high 20 points for the Beacons and grabbed eight rebounds, handed out an assist, made a steal and blocked three shots, while senior forward Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA) dropped in six points, pulled down four boards, came up with a steal and rejected a shot.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, February 7 when it hosts Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match-up at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Eastern Connecticut State hosts Salem State College on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Geissler Gymnasium.