For Immediate Release

 

Saturday, January 6, 2007

 

EASTERN W-BASKETBALL NETS  FIRST LITTLE EAST WIN

Warriors pull away in second half for 80-48 victory over Rhode Island College

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. Ė The Eastern Connecticut State University womenís basketball team scored 71 points from the floor, shooting just under 60 percent in the second half, in recording its first Little East Conference victory of the season, 80-48, over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

Playing its first home game since the opening weekend of the year, Eastern (6-5, 1-2 little east conference) scored 43 points in the second half to post its first conference victory after two opening losses. Eastern is 3-0 at home this year while Rhode Island (8-4, 1-2 little east conference) lost for only the second time in eight games away from home. It was the second-most points allowed by the Anchorwomen this season and their lowest offensive output of the year.

 

Trailing by six points late in the first half, Rhode Island went scoreless from the floor over the final three minutes of the half, missing all five of its field goals as the Warriors moved out to a 13-point, 37-24, lead at halftime. Eastern connected on its first six field goals of the second half over the first four minutes. Sophomore guard Nicky Morey (Columbia, CT) hitting three in the streak to push its lead to 18, 49-31.

 

All but nine of Easternís points came from the floor, as the Warriors canned half of their 64 field goal attempts. They were also 7-for-21 from three-point range, taking their second-most three-pointers and making their second-most treys this season.

 

Easternís four double-figure scorers combined on 54 of the teamís point total. Senior forward Sandy Mosley (Goshen, CT) topped Easternís scoring list for the 10th time in 11 games this year. Mosley had a game-high 16 points to move into third place all-time with 1,303 career points.

 

Junior guard Kelli Mahder (Wethersfield, CT) came off the bench to equal her season-best with 15 points, while Morey had 12 points (5-for-7 from the floor) and junior post player Bridget Durette (Seymour, CT) had 11. Mahder tied her career-high with five three-pointers, while Morey had a season and game-high eight rebounds. Mosley added seven caroms.

 

Sophomore guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) was the only RIC player in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Senior forward Kari Geisler (Deerfield, NH) was limited to four points, but moved to within 17 points of becoming the programís 11th 1,000-point scorer. She also matched Morey with eight rebounds.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will host nationally-ranked Southern Maine on Tuesday, Jan.9 at 5:30 p.m.

 

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