2016-17 Western Women's Basketball News

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    March 18, 2017
    Emily Dobson Selected To Play In NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University senior guard Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) has been selected to play in the 2017 New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Classic at Mount Holyoke College's Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium on Saturday, March 25
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    February 28, 2017
    Dobson, LaBonte, Hurlbert and Price Honored WithLittle East Conference Post-Season Awards PAWTUCKET, RI - Senior Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) and junior Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) were named to the 2017 Little East Conference All-Star Second Team while freshman Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) and sophomore Tashai Price (Vernon, CT) reeped honors on the All-Rookie and All-Defensive Teams, respectively.
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    February 25, 2017
    WestConn Women's Basketball Falls To Eastern Connecticut In LEC Semis, 58-52 WILLIMANTIC, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team led throughout the first half, but could not hold on as host Eastern Connecticut State University came from behind to defeat the visitors, 58-52 in the Little East Conference semifinals at Geissler Gymnasium on Saturday night.
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    February 22, 2017
    Little East Conference Women's Basketball Championships on Saturday and Sunday DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team will face intra-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference Championships semifinals on Saturday, February 25 at 5 pm at Geissler Gym in Willimantic.
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    February 21, 2017
    Emily Dobson Leads Colonials Into LEC Semifinals, Scoring 20 Points In Win over Plymouth State DANBURY, CT - Senior forward Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 59-42 victory over visiting Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference Championships quarterfinals at Feldman Arena on Tuesday night.
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    February 21, 2017
    WestConn Athletics Reaching Out To Help An Opponent DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University Athletic Department, behind graduating senior Celia DeVoe (Farmington, CT), and WestConn Student Athletic Advisory Council, are looking for your help. They along with several athletic programs around the Little East Conference and the northeast are running a Marrow Donor Registry Drive. WestConn's will be held on Thursday, March 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Midtown Campus Student Center.
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    February 18, 2017
    Women's Basketball Edged at Plymouth State, 68-64, in Overtime PLYMOUTH, NH - The Western women's basketball squad wrapped up its regular season, falling at LEC foe Plymouth State, 68-64, in overtime on Saturday afternoon. Despite the loss, the Colonials earn the No. 4 seed in the LEC Championship Tournament and will seek to avenge the defeat when they host Plymouth - who captured the No. 5 seed - in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday at 5:30 pm.
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    February 15, 2017
    Smith and Western Shoot Lights Out In Win Over Rhode Island College DANBURY, CT - Senior Samantha Smith (Wallingford, CT) scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to an 84-62 victory over visiting Rhode Island College at Feldman Arena on Wednesday night in the Colonials regular-season home finale.
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    February 13, 2017
    Western Connecticut and Rhode Island College Play 4 Kay on Wednesday DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team will take on Rhode Island College in a key Little East Conference battle at Feldman Arena on Wednesday, February 15. Tip off is slated for 5:30 pm. Both teams will be wearing pink to bring support cancer awareness and the Kay Yow Foundation.
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    February 11, 2017
    LaBonte Nets Game-High 26 Points as Women's Basketball Rally Comes Up Short, Edged at Keene State, 65-62 KEENE, NH - Junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) netted a game-high 26 points as the Western women's basketball team staged a late fourth quarter rally that came up just short, falling at LEC foe Keene State, 65-62, on Saturday afternoon. Trailing by 11 with 3:43 remaining, LaBonte caught fire, draining four trifectas, cutting the lead to 63-62. However, the Owls grabbed a key offensive rebound and converted a pair of free throws in the waning seconds en route to victory.
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    February 08, 2017
    Women's Basketball Edged at LEC Rival Eastern, 57-52 WILLIMANTIC, CT - Senior guard Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) tallied a team-high 15 points, while classmates Alyssa Eannotti (Shelton, CT) and Samantha Smith (Wallingford, CT) added eight points apiece as the Western women's basketball team was edged at cross-state LEC rival Eastern Connecticut, 57-52, on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 13-9 overall and 5-6 in conference play, while the Warriors improved to 16-6 and 10-1.
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    February 04, 2017
    Samantha Smith Leads Colonials With 14 Point, But Western Falls to UMass Dartmouth, 66-56 DANBURY, CT - Senior Samantha Smith (Wallingford, CT) led the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team with 14 points, but the Colonials comeback bid fell short and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth prevailed, 66-56 on Senior Day at Feldman Arena on Saturday.
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    February 01, 2017
    LaBonte Nets Game-High 28 Points as Women's Basketball Rolls Past New Rochelle, 80-44 DANBURY, CT - With a pair of key players out of the lineup due to injury and illness, the Western Connecticut women's basketball team rolled to a 80-44 non-league victory over the visiting College of New Rochelle on Wednesday night at Feldman Arena. Junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) paced the Colonials with a game-high 28 points, while rookie guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) chipped in with 14.
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    January 28, 2017
    Emily Dobson Scores Game-High 15 Points As Western Women Defeat Southern Maine, 77-47 DANBURY, CT - Senior forward Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team over visiting University of Southern Maine, 77-47 at Feldman Arena on Saturday afternoon.
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    January 25, 2017
    Women's Basketball Breezes Past Rhode Island College, 58-28 PROVIDENCE, RI - After a pair of nailbiting league losses, the Western women's basketball team improved to 11-7 overall and 4-4 in LEC play with a 58-28 victory at Rhode Island College on Wednesday night. Sophomore guard Jancy Sherwood (Pouqhquag, NY) paced the visitors with a game-high 15 points, while junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) chipped in with 14. The Colonials return to action against visiting Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m., when the 20th Anniversary of the 1996-97 Sweet 16 Team will be celebrated prior to tip-off.
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    January 24, 2017
    Gabrielle Hurlbert Named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week DANBURY, CT - For the third time this season, Western Connecticut State University freshman guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) has been named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week.
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    January 23, 2017
    Western to Honor 1996-97 Sweet 16 Women's Basketball on Saturday, January 28 DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University Alumni Association, and the Athletic Department, will honor the 1996-97 women's basketball team with a 20th Anniversary Celebration prior to the start of this Saturday, January 28th's game against visiting University of Southern Maine.
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    January 21, 2017
    LaBonte Tallies Game-High 20 Points as Women's Basketball Falls at UMass-Boston, 66-59 BOSTON, MA - Junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) tallied a game-highs of 20 points and three blocks as the Western women's basketball squad fell at UMass-Boston, 66-59, in an LEC matchup on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in league play.
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    January 18, 2017
    Four Western Players Score In Double Figures But Colonials' Comeback Falls Short DANBURY, CT - Four Western Connecticut State University women's basketball players scored in double figures, including a team-high 15 from Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY), but the Colonials' comeback bid fell short against Eastern Connecticut State University, 75-73 in overtime, at Feldman Arena on Wednesday night.
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    January 14, 2017
    Jancy Sherwood Nets 15 Points In Western's Win Over Plymouth State, 62-48 DANBURY, CT - Sophomore sharp shooter Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) scored a game-high 15 points and the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 62-48 victory over Plymouth State University at Feldman Arena on Alumnae Day.
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    January 11, 2017
    Emily Dobson Leads Western With 17 Points In Loss To Keene State, 63-57 DANBURY, CT - Senior guard Emily Dobson (Westerley, RI) scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team but the visiting Keene State College Owls prevailed, 63-57 at Feldman Arena on Wednesday night.
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    January 08, 2017
    Women’s Basketball Downed at LEC Foe UMass-Dartmouth, 73-59 DARTMOUTH, MA – Despite 15 points each from senior guard Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) and sophomore sharpshooter Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY), the Western Connecticut women’s basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak snapped, falling at LEC foe UMass-Dartmouth, 73-59, on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) added 10 points, while rookie guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) tallied eight to go along with six rebounds for the Colonials – who dropped to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Corsairs improved to 10-2 and 2-1.
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    January 03, 2017
    Gabrielle Hurlbert Named LEC and NEWBA Rookie of the Week DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University freshman guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) has been named Little East Conference and New England Women's Basketball Association Rookie of the Week after leading the Colonials' women's basketball team to the 2016 Hat City Tournament championship last weekend.
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    January 02, 2017
    Women's Basketball Outlasts Manhattanville, 60-55 PURCHASE, NY - After capturing the crown while hosting the Hat City Tournament over the weekend, the Western women's basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games as they outlasted non-league foe Manhattanville College, 60-55, on Monday afternoon. Senior guard Samantha Smith (Wallingford, CT) paced the Colonials with a game-high 14 points, while rookie guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) and senior guard Emily Dobson (Westerly, RI) chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
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    December 31, 2016
    Gabrielle Hurlbert Named MVP as Western Connecticut Win Hat City Tournament DANBURY, CT - Freshman guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a thrilling 70-63 victory over Trinity College in the Hat City Tournament championship game at Feldman Arena on Saturday afternoon.
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    December 30, 2016
    #LEC30 Top Moment | Western Connecticut Women’s Basketball 2011 PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The 2011 Western Connecticut State women’s basketball program completed their quest to become back-to-back Little East Conference Champions behind the leadership and play of Melissa Teel, Karli Spera and Heather lee, as they all reached the 1,000 career points plateau in the same season.
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    December 30, 2016
    Western Defeats Ramapo and Will Take on Trinity College in Hat City Championship on Saturday DANBURY, CT - Freshman Emma Belcourt (Cromwell, CT) came off the bench to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team with 16 points in the Colonials 52-50 victory over Ramapo College in the opening round of the 2016 Hat City Tournament at Feldman Arena on Friday night.
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    December 17, 2016
    Women's Basketball Downs Mount Saint Mary, 56-52 Newburgh, N.Y. – The Mount Saint Mary College Women's Basketball team overcame a 15 point halftime deficit to tie the score in the fourth quarter, but dropped a hard fought 56-52 non-conference decision to Western Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Kayla Cleare (West Hempstead, N.Y.) led the Mount with 15 points and posted her fourth double-double of the season in the team's first loss of the year.
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    December 10, 2016
    Women's Basketball Breezes Past LEC Foe Southern Maine, 75-35 GORHAM, ME - Sophomore guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) poured in a game-high 16 points, while senior guard Samantha Smith (Wallingford, CT) chipped in with 14 to lead the Western Connecticut women's basketball squad to a 75-35 win at LEC foe Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Colonials improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while the hosts dropped to 2-7 and 1-1.
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    December 06, 2016
    Women's Basketball Cruises Past Mitchell, 62-32 NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mitchell College women’s basketball team suffered a 62-32 setback at the hands of Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Yarnall Athletic Center.
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    December 03, 2016
    Western Women Need Overtime to Defeat UMass Boston, 63-55 DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University freshman guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) scored four of her 14 points in the overtime period to help lift the Colonials to a 63-55 victory over University of Massachusetts Boston at Feldman Arena on Saturday afternoon.
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    November 29, 2016
    Women's Basketball Rallies to Stun Albertus Magnus, 74-67 NEW HAVEN, CT - Trailing by seven points with 5:51 remaining, the visiting Western Connecticut women's basketball team rallied to down non-league foe Albertus Magnus, 74-67, Tuesday night. With the win, the Colonials improved to 2-3 overall. Junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) tallied a game-high 22 points, while classmate Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) chipped in with 20 to lead Western.
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    November 28, 2016
    Gabrielle Hurlbert Named LEC Women's Basketball Rookie Of The Week PAWTUCKET, RI - Western Connecticut State University freshman guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) has been named Little East Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week, for the week ending, November 27.
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    November 22, 2016
    Women’s Basketball Falls to Conn. College, 70-65 DANBURY, CT – Despite 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds from senior forward Alecia Dulaire (Bloomfield, CT), the Western Connecticut State University women’s basketball team fell to visiting non-conference opponent Connecticut College, 70-65, Tuesday night at Feldman Arena. Rookie guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, CT) and junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Colonials. With the loss, Western dropped to 1-3 overall, while the Camels improved to 3-0.
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    November 19, 2016
    Western Women Fall To Gettysburg, 91-67... Jancy Sherwood Named To All-Tournament Team GALLOWAY, NJ - Sophomore Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) was named to the All-Tournament team despite the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team falling to Gettysburg College, 91-67, in the consolation game of the Stockton College Tip-Off Tounament on Saturday.
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    November 18, 2016
    Women's Hoops Falls at Stockton, 77-45 Galloway, NJ – Stockton University (2-0) placed five players in double figures and used a big second half to notch a 77-45 win over Western Connecticut State (1-1) on Friday evening. Two Ospreys registered double-doubles as Sasha Williams (Cherry Hill/CH West) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while frontcourt mate Najha Treadwell (Cinnaminson/Cinnaminson) added 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
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    November 15, 2016
    Western Women Ranked Second, Men Sixth In Little East Conference Pre-Season Polls PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Western Connecticut State University women's and men's basketball teams have been ranked second and sixth, respectively, in the 2016-17 Little East Conference Pre-Season Coaches Poll, released on Friday. The Colonials women open the season on Tuesday, November 15 when they play host to The Sage Colleges at 7 pm. The Western men open the season at the Dutch Burch Tip-Off Tournament at Lycoming College on Friday, November 18.
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    November 15, 2016
    Jancy Sherwood Hits Game-Winning Three Pointer To Lift Western Over The Sage Colleges, 69-67 DANBURY, CT - Sophomore guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) buried a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to lift the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a thrilling 69-67 victory over The Sage Colleges at Feldman Arena on Tuesday night.