DANBURY, Conn. - Led by Colleen Cosker's game-high 14 points Western Connecticut State University (15-10, 8-6 Little East) defeated women's basketball (13-12, 4-10 Little East) by the final of 49-38 Saturday afternoon at the Feldman Arena in the 2013-14 Little East Conference regular season finale for both teams.
With Saturday's loss the Beacons will be the seventh seed in this year's conference tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. UMass Boston will travel to Gorham, Maine to take on the University of Southern Maine, who closed out the regular season as the second seed. Start time for Tuesday's first round game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Western Connecticut will host UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the four versus five seed contest.
For the Beacons Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) closed out Saturday's loss with a team-best nine points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting at the line. She would also grab six rebounds, which was second most for UMass Boston. Three Beacons finished tied for second on the team in points with six, while junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) finished with a team-high seven boards.
Western Connecticut saw Sciarra Brandt lead on the glass with her 11 rebounds, while also finishing with eight points and three steals. Alyssa Eannotti led the Colonials off the bench with eight boards and four points in 19 minutes of playing time.
The Colonials never trailed in Saturday's contest. They wasted little time taking control of the scoreboard going on an 8-0 run to open the contest. They would then push that lead to 12 at the 9:18 mark following a lay-up from Chelsea Mone. UMass Boston did cut the Colonials lead to three however following a 13-4 run to make it 21-18 in favor of the home team.
Western Connecticut extended their lead back to seven, but with a jumper by Jordan with less than a minute to play went into the locker room leading by a mere five points (25-20).
After the intermission, WCSU jumped out to a commanding lead and never looked back with UMass Boston only able to cut their lead to seven once.
The Beacons return to action on Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine marking the third straight year that they will compete in the postseason.