Western Conn. Uses Big First Half to Get Past Women's Basketball

DANBURY, Conn. – Even with a game-high 30 points from freshman Kirstin Morrison (North Reading, Mass.), women's basketball was unable to battle back late in the second as Western Connecticut State University pulled out a 60-46 Little East Conference win Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena.

The game-high 30 points from Morrison was just one point short of tying her career best mark which she recorded in last week's win over Eastern Connecticut State University.  From the field the 6'2" North Reading native was 10-for-20 on the day.  Behind the arc, Morrison knocked down two 3-pointers, while at the line she was a perfect 8-for-8.

On the boards, junior Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) recorded a season-high 13 rebounds, while senior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) finished the game with 10 boards.

For the Colonials four different players finished in double-figures, with Carly Murphy scoring a team-high 13 points.  Murphy also managed 13 rebounds to record the games only double-double of the afternoon.

As a team, UMass Boston got their first half off to a great start as they shot a combined for 40% from the field.  Western Connecticut also had a strong as they shot a combined 46.9% to take a 37-26 lead at the half.  After the break, both teams struggled to get anything going offensively as neither team shot over 30%. 

Morrison led all players in the second half with 16 of the Beacons 20 points.  Melissa DiNino helped the Colonials to preserve the win, as she dropped in a team-leading six points. 

Women's basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 5:30 p.m. Little East Conference game.