WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) tossed in 18 of her season-high 22 points in the second half to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 64-41 Little East Conference victory over unbeaten conference leader University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
With its fifth win in its last six outings, Eastern (9-5, 3-1 LEC) moves into a three-way tie for first place with UMass Dartmouth (9-4, 3-1 LEC) and the University of Southern Maine. Since having a 34-game win streak in this series with UMD snapped, the Warriors had lost four of its previous six against the Corsairs, including the last three.
A 28.7 percent field goal shooter entering action, Forsman nailed eight of 13 attempts in the game on the way to her game-high total which was only two points shy of her career high. In the second half, Forsman was 7-for-8 from the floor and sank both of her three-point attempts and both of her free throws.
Ranked first in the conference in three-point field goal defense, Eastern limited the LEC's best three-point field goal shooting team to 2-of-12 shooting from long range and an overall shooting percentage of 25.0.
Leading by only five points, Eastern scored the next 15 points over a span of three minutes as the lead ballooned to 20, 57-37, with six minutes left. The Warriors converted five of six shots from the floor in that spurt, with Forsman canning the first eight points (six coming on three-pointers). Sophomore guard Jordyn Nappi (Southington) contributed all five of her game points in that stretch with three free throws and a jumper. Forsman single-handedly outscoring UMass, 18-16, in the second half.
Behind Forsman, junior forward Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, MA) – the conference rebounding leader -- posted her fifth double-double in the last seven games with 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds (11 in the second half). Junior forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) had 12 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) handed out six assists. Behind Ritrosky and McCourt, the Warriors outrebounded UMD, 50-32, scoring 15 of its their points thanks to 17 offensive rebounds.
Sophomore post player Megan Ronaghan – last year's LEC Rookie-of-the-Year – was the Corsairs' only double-digit scorer, totaling 15. At 5-foot-5 inch, senior guard Kelsey Garrity led UMass with nine rebounds, senior forward Erin Fahey grabbing seven rebounds before fouling out with 1:26 left.
Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.