Feb. 7, 2009
BOSTON, MA – Senior forward Stacey Roberts (Windham, CT) netted a team high 12 points to lead a balanced offensive attack for Western Connecticut State University en route to a 63-47 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Colonials improve to 17-3 on the season, 9-1 in LEC play while the Beacons drop to 3-17 overall, 1-9 in the LEC.
After 4 minutes of scoreless play to open the game, Roberts connected on a layup to give Western Connecticut the lead for good as the Colonials would never trail in the contest.
For the Beacons, freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA) netted 15 of her game-high 20 points to keep the Beacons within striking distance in the first half of play. Langford was perfect from the charity stripe in the stanza (9-9) but it was not enough as the Colonials raced into the locker room with a 34-21 halftime lead behind nine points from junior forward Katie Moffo (Southington, CT) and eight points from sophomore guard Heather Lee (Seymour, CT).
Western Connecticut came out firing in the second half, opening things up with a 14-4 run to take its largest lead of the game, 48-25, after a Roberts’ free-throw with 13:01 remaining.
With 4:43 to play, a three-point field goal by freshman swing-play Evyn Gregory-Stewart (Edgewater, NJ) would pull the Beacons within 13 points, 57-44, but a costly turnover the next offensive possession hindered any chance of a comeback for the home squad. In the end, 37 of the Colonials 63 points were scored by its bench, compared to only 13 from the Beacons second stringers.
Roberts finished the game one rebound shy of a double-double recording nine board to go with her 12 points. Moffo and Lee each ended the game in double figures, scoring 11 and 10 points off the bench.
For UMass Boston, Langford tied a career high in points with 20 and rebounds with 11 to record her second double-double of the season. The point guard also recorded a career high six blocks to go along with two assists and one steal in 35 minutes of action. Freshman forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) paced the Beacons down low with eight points, four assists, three rebounds, a block and a steal in 34 minutes.
Both schools will be back in action in conference play on Tuesday, February 10. Western Connecticut State University hosts instate and league rival Eastern Connecticut State University in a 5:30 p.m. matchup while UMass Boston hosts the University of Southern Maine for a 5:30 p.m. contest.