BOSTON, Mass. - Led by Jill Ritrosky's double-double of 17 rebounds and 12 points and a 21-5 run to start the contest, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University defeated women's basketball by the final of 64-37 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium in a Little East Conference match-up.
The forward paced the Warriors who shot 52.2% (24-46) from the field to earn the conference victory and improve to 15-6, 7-3 in the Little East Conference. UMass Boston struggled all afternoon shooting just over 22% as they fell to 12-9, 3-7 in the conference.
Mallory Nelson (Topsham, Maine) led the Beacons with her career-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Ritrosky was solid all afternoon as she went 5-for-7 from the floor and grabbed 14 defensive rebounds.
The Warriors never trailed in Saturday's contest jumping out to a quick 9-0 lead. They would then push their lead to 11 following back-to-back field goals the first coming from Ritrosky and the second from Erin Brooks. Nelson earned the Beacons first two points of the day at the charity strip, before nailing her first jumper at the 14:59 mark.
However the Beacons were unable to feed off of the freshman's aggressive play which allowed ECSU to continue to widen the gap on the scoreboard. They would eventually close out the half leading 36-16 having shot an impressive 59.1% and 45.8% from behind the arc.
After the break, Warriors maintained their solid lead, pushing it to as much as 27 with just over six minutes to play in the contest. The Beacons once again struggled from the field as shot after shot would not fall in their favor.
Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) came off the bench to finish with six points and five rebounds, while Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) finished with six points of her own. Julia DePoi also had a solid day for the Warriors with her eight points and six rebounds. Off the bench Danyelle Rodriguez averaged a point a minute as she came in to finish with eight on 3-of-6 shooting, which included a pair of 3-pointers.
Women's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 5:30 p.m. conference game.
|At halftime UMass Boston honored former players in a special
presentation. Chancellor Keith Motley thanked the former
Beacons for their continued support of the program
and UMass Boston