WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams College women's basketball team recovered after missing its first seven shots of the second half to hold off an Eastern Connecticut State University rally and claim a 66-55 non-conference victory Tuesday night.
Trailing by eight at halftime, Eastern (1-4) connected on two of its first three shots of the second half while Williams (6-2) was missing its first seven to pull to within four points three minutes into the quarter, but could get no closer as the hosts used a modest 6-1 run to regain a nine-point, 41-32 lead midway through the quarter.
Williams led by 13 after three quarters and shot nearly 60 percent in the final quarter, withstanding a mild Eastern run that cut the deficit to seven with eight minutes left. .At that point, Amanni Fernandez sank a three-pointer and after the Warriors failed on consecutive inside hoops, Maggie Meehan had a put-back to make it a 12-point game (56-44).
Eastern, which ended a four-game Williams winning streak in this series with a seven-point home win a year ago, was outrebounded 49-33 and missed eight of 14 free throws. Three Eastern starters combined for only 13 points on 5-of-27 field goal shooting.
Sophomore post player Mya Villard (Cromwell) led Eastern with 15 points, sophomore guard Sabrina LaMere (North Branford) adding 12 off the bench and sophomore guard Julie Jordan (Sterling) contributing 11 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Lizzy Cretella (Cheshire) had nine points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Kristin Fechtelkotte led Williams with 21 points (10-of-19 FG) and 11 rebounds, both game-highs. Emily Peckham grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench in 22 minutes and Fernandez added 12 points and six rebounds.
Eastern Connecticut hosts Western New England University Thursday at 7:30 p.m.