Tuesday, Feb.21, 2006

 

EASTERN W-BASKETBALL ADVANCES IN LITTLE EAST TOURNEY

Warriors avenge 27-point regular-season loss
with 68-49 victory in opening round

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn.óFreshman guard Nicky Morey (COLUMBIA) had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University womenís basketball team to a 69-48 victory over Rhode Island College Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium in the opening round of the Little East Conference Tournament.

 

In posting its fifth 20-win season in the last six years, third-seeded Eastern (20-6) advances to the tournament semifinals Friday night against second-seeded Western Connecticut State University. The Colonials edged seventh-seeded Massachusetts Boston, 64-60. Top-seeded University of Southern Maine will host the semifinals and final this weekend. The Huskies face fourth-seeded Keene State College at 8 p.m.Friday after Eastern plays Western at 6 p.m.  Southern Maine routed Massachusetts Dartmouth,92-29,and Keene downed fifth-seeded Plymouth State University, 75-64. The tournament final is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m.

 

After losing by a score of 84-57 to visiting Rhode Island (12-14) 17 days ago, the Warriors raced to a 32-17 halftime lead and were never threatened.  After 61.3 per cent in the first half in that earlier game, Rhode Island shot just 22.7 per cent over the first 20 minutes this time and trailed by 15, 32-17,at halftime.

 

Junior forward Sandy Mosley (Goshen, CT) had a game-high 20 points to lead Eastern. Senior center Katie Kline (North Brookfield, MA) had ten points on5-for-6 shooting from the floor. Morey was just shy of a triple-double, finishing two points shy of her season-high in points, one shy of her high rebounding mark and equaling her season-high assist high.

 

Sophomore forward Colleen Feeney (Providence, RI) led Rhode Island with 14 points and a game-high ten rebounds while junior forward Kari Geisler (Deerfield, NH) had 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Jamie Angell (Cranston, RI), who had a career-high 31 points to spark her teamís regular-season win, was limited to eight points. In the first half, she was scoreless from the floor, sinking two free throws. The Anchorwomen turned the ball over 23 times after committing only 14 in the regular-season game.