NEW LONDON, Conn. – With six roster players standing at least six-feet tall, the Connecticut College women's basketball team jumped to an eight-point lead midway through the first quarter and never relinquished the lead in stopping the six-game winning streak of Eastern Connecticut State University, 72-56 in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Luce Field House.
The win is the second in as many years for Conn (13-6) over Eastern (9-11), which closed out its non-conference schedule at 3-8. The Warriors' final five regular-season games will be contested in the Little East Conference. Two of Conn's losses this year have come against Top 10 teams, which have a combined 38-2 record.
While Conn was sinking five of its first seven shots – including two three-pointers – Eastern missed five shots and turned the ball over three times on its first ten possession and trailed 12-4 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Warriors trailed by nine at halftime and the Camels used an eight-point run early in the second half to push their lead to 15, 42-27 – getting inside baskets from three different players.
Six-foot senior Mairead Hynes led Conn with 18 point and a game-high nine rebounds. She was 8-of-14 from the floor. Freshman guard Casey Walsh came off the bench for 15 points, nine of her points coming on three three-pointers.
Despite its distinct height advantage, Conn managed to out-rebound Eastern by only one but outscored the Warriors 14-4 on second-chance tries.
Sophomore guard Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) of Eastern led all players with 21 points (9-of-17 from the floor), while sophomore forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) had 12 points (6-of-11 FG) and a team-high eight rebounds and freshman forward Diana Wnuk (Bristol) came off the bench for 11 points (5-of-6 from the foul line). Senior guard Kelly Reardon (Holyoke, MA) had six assists and five rebounds for Eastern. First-year sophomore transfer guard Jamilla Shoultz (Bristol) scored her first points at Eastern on her first shot, a jumper inside the final ten seconds which rounded out the scoring.
Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.