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.
"We came out and got after it right out the gates. Unfortunately, we had a few breakdowns in the scouting that cost us. Nonetheless, it was a great effort," said Western head coach Kimberley Rybczyk.
The contest was close throughout the first half as neither squad could sustain a run. After an Eannotti layup, the hosts netted a pair to seize a 16-12 lead heading into the second quarter. The gap widened to as many as seven when Eastern's Julia Depoi drained a three-pointer. However, the Colonials chipped away at the advantage to even the score at 22-22 when Dobson knocked down a pair from the free throw line. Shortly thereafter, Colonials rookie guard Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) scurried down the lane for a basket, deadlocking the count at 26-26 at halftime.
The Warriors gradually built a 45-36 lead in the third quarter capped by two from the charity stripe by Depoi. Trailing 51-38 with 5:55 remaining in the game, Western rallied with a 10-0 run. Senior forward Alecia Dulaire (Bloomfield, CT) sparked the resurgence with a layup, while Smith rounded out the charge, shrinking the margin to 51-48 with 4:20 left. After an Eastern tally, Eannotti took a feed from Smith and knocked down a jumper, making it 55-52, to remain trailing by three with a minute to go. That was as close as Western would get though as Jordyn Nappi sank a pair of free throws for the hosts, rounding the count out at 57-52.
Western returns to action at league foe Keene State on Saturday at 1 p.m.