WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS TO WESTERN CONNECTICUT, 63-47

BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Stacey Roberts (Windham, CT) netted a team high 12 points to lead a balanced offensive attack for the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team en-route to a 63-47 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston this afternoon in a Little East Conference contest 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.

Following four 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/Jeremiah E. Burke) netted 15 of her game-high 20 points to keep them 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 Western Connecticut State 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).

The Colonials 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.

A three-point field goal by freshman swing-player Evyn Gregory-Stewart (Edgewater, NJ) would pull the Beacons to within 13 points, 57-44, with 4:43 to play, but a costly turnover the next offensive possession hindered any chance of a comeback for the home squad. In the end, 37 of Western Connecticut State's 63 points were scored by its bench, compared to only 13 from UMass Boston's second stringers.

Roberts finished the game one rebound shy of a double-double for Western Connecticut State, recording nine boards to go with her 12 points. Moffo and Lee each ended the game in double figures, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.

Langford tied a career high in points with 20 and rebounds with 11 to record her second double-double of the season for the Beacons. 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 UMass Boston down low with eight points, four assists, three rebounds, a block and a steal.

Both schools will be back in action in conference play on Tuesday, February 10. The Colonials host in-state and league rival Eastern Connecticut State University in a 5:30 p.m. matchup, while the Beacons host the University of Southern Maine for a 5:30 p.m. contest at the Clark Athletic Center.