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The Aconfora Report: W-Basketball

By Nicholas Aconfora/Sports Information Staff

Eshield72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Tuesday night against UMass Dartmouth, the Warriors head into their second conference game over this year's winter intersession following win Plymouth State University Saturday.

Tuesday at noon -- Eastern Athletics Weekly with head coach Denise Bierly and Shannon McCourt. www.littleeast.tv.

The Corsairs are a very talented team this season judging by their record. UMass Dartmouth is 10-1, 3-0 conference on the season, which looks as if it will be their best season in years. UMass has had three straight losing seasons, its worst in the 08-09 campaign where they went 3-23.  

Eastern comes into the game 3-9 overall, 1-2 conference.

This game has two different storylines as the Warriors look to improve with a young inexperienced team, and the Corsairs look to stay hot as they're looking for a regular season conference title. They are led by 6-1 senior forward Colleen Moriarty who is averaging an outstanding 17.5 points a game, which puts her on top in the LEC for scoring. With her strong post game, Moriarty is sure to have a big game in this one. She is shooting just over 50% from the field on the season, not to mention all her points come inside the paint as she has not taken a three all season. Does this sound familiar?

Well if you're on the Eastern side, Shannon McCourt is the same player. McCourt, last week's LEC Player-of-the-Week, is shooting 45 percent from the field without taking a three as all of her buckets come from inside in the three point line and down in the paint. Moriarty has a height advantage over McCourt, but it should still be an interesting matchup. The Corsairs may have only one loss, but I see Eastern making this a very competitive and close game.

 Key for UMass - Control the tempo of the game. If the Corsairs can play the game they want and play at their own tempo, they'll leave the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium with an easy win.

 Key for Eastern - Share the ball and find multiple options for scoring. If Eastern is able to distribute the ball to more than two or three players, it will have a balanced day scoring which could lead to a close game or possibly even a win over the best team in the conference. 

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