ALBANY, NY – After earning its first conference win of the season over Plymouth State on Saturday, the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team was edged at non-league foe Sage College, 78-72, on Monday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 8-6 overall while the Gators improved to 8-3.
Sophomore guard Emma Belcourt (Cromwell, CT) paced WestConn with 15 points, while rookie center Faith Thurmond (Seymour, CT) chipped in with 11 points and a game-high five steals. Classmate Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) came off the bench to add 11 points for the Colonials.
Senior forward Genevieve Schoff (Little Falls, NY) tied her career-high with a double-double on 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead Sage, while rookie forward Madasyn Bush (Pottersville, NY) added another double-double as she finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
"We didn't do the little things well," stated WestConn head coach Kimberley Rybczyk after the deflating loss. Her team will look to rebound when they host Little East Conference foe Keene State on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The visitors held a 14-13 lead after the opening quarter. However, the hosts countered with a run to seize a 30-21 advantage when Lauren Cross connected on a layup. The Colonials would chip into the deficit, cutting the gap to 38-34 at the break.
Sage widened the margin to 64-49 late in third when Schoff drained a midrange jumper. The Colonials would attempt a rally with a 10-3 spurt late in the contest. However, it was too little to late as the hosts finished shooting 44.3% from the field, while the Colonials came up short at 33.3%.