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W-Basketball: Warriors Rout PSU

Back at home, Eastern uses two scoring streaks to post 66-44 LEC win

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) recorded her 15th career double-double in two years with game-highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds and freshman guard Victoria Pfohl (Trumbull) came off the bench for a career-high 12 points as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team won its first Little East Conference game of the year with a 66-44 victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Victoria Pfohl

Returning home after six straight road games, Eastern (3-9, 1-2 Little East) ended a four-game losing streak with its 19th victory over Plymouth (1-10, 0-3 Little East) in the last 20 decisions.

McCourt, named to the all-tournament team earlier this week at Springfield College, was 10-for-24 from the floor and also came up with four steals en route to her second double-double in the last three games.

Eastern never trailed in the game after scoring the first six points, scoring 24 points off Plymouth's 23 turnovers and using 17 offensive rebounds to score 21 points over 40 minutes.

Eastern used a run of 11 straight points in the first half to build a 14-point lead and another streak of 12 straight after Plymouth had cut a 13-point deficit to five eight minutes into the second half to expand the lead to 17 with eight minutes left.

After senior Katie Seraikas dropped in her only three-pointer of the game to pull Plymouth to within three points eight minutes into the game, the Panthers missed seven straight shots as the Warriors scored 11 straight to move out to 14-point, 24-10 lead with seven minutes left. Pfohl and classmate Erin Brooks (Billerica, MA) combined for the first nine points of that run, which was capped by sophomore guard Taylor McBride's (Willimantic) driving layup off a Plymouth turnover.

Brooks hit one of two free throws to ignite the first-half run, then grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back to make it 16-10. Pfohl then pulled down a rebound and swished a three-pointer on the other end of the floor, sank one of two free throws following a Panther turnover moments later, then stole the ball and scored again to make it 22-10 with just over seven minutes left in the first half.

In Eastern's 12-0 run which expanded its least to an insurmountable 17-point  with eight minutes left, McCourt contributed two jumpers and Pfohl her third three-point field goal of the game. On eight possessions over that five-minute span, Plymouth turned the ball over four straight times, then missed four straight shots.

Junior Meghan Faretra led Plymouth with ten points and Seraikas led her team with six rebounds.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

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