At USJ, Warriors continue to falter away from Geissler Gym
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Looking to run its winning streak to three in a row, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team instead dropped its seventh road game in eight tries this year in a 67-40 non-conference decision to the University of Saint Joseph Thursday night at the O'Connell Center.
At right: Jill Ritrosky
Devon Diliberto scored a game-high 16 points for Saint Joseph (7-2), which scored the first seven points. Down by 13 in the first half, Eastern (4-10) scored eight of the next nine points to cut the gap to six, 28-22, at halftime. St. Joseph countered by scoring ten of the first 11 points of the second half -- getting all of those points from two players -- to take control. Heather Framski tossed in seven of those points and Diliberto canned a three-point field goal in fuel that run.
Sophomore guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) led Eastern with 15 points and freshman forward Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, MA) had eight points six coming in the late first-half run -- and a game-high 13 rebounds. The team's other three starters shot just 5-for-26 from the floor and the Warriors received only six points and two rebounds from its bench in 50 minutes.
Eastern shot just 28.8 percent from the floor in the game -- including 1-for-12 from three-point range -- and was outrebounded 44-31 as it was held to its lowest point total of the year. The Blue Jays collected 12 more second-chance points than Eastern.
Heather Framski and 13 points and Mary Hyde had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the hosts.
A winner of two straight Little East Conference games, Eastern visits Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.