DANBURY, CT – After bowing to Mt. Saint Mary yesterday, the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 101-92 non-conference victory over visiting Plattsburgh State on Sunday afternoon at The O'Neill Center's Feldman Arena. Junior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) led the Colonials with a game-high 32 points which included a pair of four-point plays. Senior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) and sophomore guard Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) added 18 and 13, respectively, while each recorded a game-high five steals.
Junior guard Anna Thompson (Poughkeepsie, NY) paced the Cardinals with 25 points as five players tallied double figures. Sophomore guard Taylor Durnin (Lyon Mountain, NY) also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Numerous players fouled out during the contest as WestConn finished 34-of-58 (58.6%) from the free throw line, while Plattsburgh went 23-for-33 (69.7%). The Cardinals shot a scorching 30-of-59 (50.8%) from the field compared to the Colonials' 27-of-86 (31.4%). However, WestConn forced 40 turnovers which led to 55 points, while coughing the ball up just 21 times.
The hosts got off to a sluggish start as Plattsburgh wrapped up the opening quarter with a 32-26 lead following a Durnin stroke from the charity stripe.
The Colonials answered with a 23-3 surge that was capped with a Sherwood three-pointer as she fouled on the shot. She then converted her first four-point play, giving the Colonials a 49-35 advantage with 5:47 remaining before halftime.
The visitors would cut the deficit to seven points early in the third quarter. However, WestConn retaliated yet again, seizing a 88-70 lead when Sherwood connected on a pair of free throws shortly after collecting her second four-point conversion, setting up the final quarter.
The Cardinals chipped into the lead in the fourth. However, the Colonials used the clock wisely with precision passing as they were able to escape with the 101-92 win.
"It was nice to see us contain our composure down the stretch and we look forward to building on our progress once we come back from the break," said WestConn head coach Kimberley Rybczyk after the win.
With the victory, WestConn improved to 5-4 overall, while Plattsburgh dropped to 3-7. The Colonials return to action against Newbury when they host the two-day Hat City Tournament which begins on Friday, December 29 at 5 p.m.