Dec. 13, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia, CT) netted a game-high 15 points, including her 1,000th career point, to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team over University of Massachusetts Boston, 66-37, in a Little East Conference contest this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in LEC play, while the Warriors win their fifth straight game to improve to 6-1 and 2-0.
Eastern Connecticut owned a 26-19 halftime lead, but held UMass Boston to just 20.7% (6-29) from the floor in the second half, while the Warriors shot a blistering 63.6% (14-22) in the half.
Eastern Connecticut took a 4-1 lead with 18:44 showing in the first half, before the Beacons scored four straight points to take a 5-4 edge with 15:39 to go and later owned an 8-6 margin following a three-pointer by freshman swingplayer Evan Gregory-Stewart (Leonia, NJ) at 12:46 of the opening stanza. It would be their last lead of the afternoon as the Warriors went on a 14-2 run to take a 20-10 advantage with 4:45 left in the first half. Sophomore forward Cammy Brown (Malden, MA) scored the game's next five points to pull UMass Boston to within 20-15 with 3:54 to play in the first half, before Eastern Connecticut headed into the intermission with a 26-19 advantage.
Senior forward Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA) made a lay-up for the Beacons to open the second half and cut the deficit to 26-21 with 29 seconds gone, but that would be as close as they would get as the Warriors went on a torrid 17-2 run, fueled by six points from sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT), to take a commanding 43-23 lead with 11:44 remaining in the game. Morey hit the back end of two free throws at the 14:05 mark to reach the 1,000-point milestone for ECSU.
Eastern Connecticut maintained a 49-32 advantage with 8:50 showing on the second half clock, before closing out the game on a 17-5 run to cruise to victory.
Morey added five rebounds, three steals and an assist to her day for the Warriors, while Moriarty finished with 13 points, six boards, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior guard Christine Amato (Marlboro, MA) posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists, three steals and a pair of blocks and freshman forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) chipped in with 10 points on 5-7 from the floor in addition to four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes off the bench.
Brown led UMass Boston with 14 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field and added four rebounds and a block, while Gregory-Stewart contributed with six points on 2-4 from three-point range in addition to three rebounds, two assists and a season-high four steals.
The Beacons will be in action again after the break when they take on Regis College (MA) on January 3 in the first round of the 2008 Goombay Classic at 6:00 p.m. in Nassau, Bahamas, while Eastern Connecticut travels to Santa Barbara, CA on December 29 to face Suffolk University at 7:00 p.m. (ET) in the first round of the West Coast Classic.