DANBURY, Conn. – The Mitchell College women's basketball team fell by a 70-63 final to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference showdown at Feldman Arena.
WestConn's Gabrielle Hurlbert and Hannah Maghini tallied 11 points apiece while Jasmine Caldwell added eight and a team-high nine rebounds. With the win, the Colonials improved to 3-6 overall, while the Mariners sank to 4-5.
WestConn dominated the offensive glass in the opening half en route to a 35-27 halftime advantage. The hosts stretched the margin to as many as 13 when Katelyn Fanning buried a three-pointer midway through the third quarter. However, the visitors muscled their way to the free throw line and cut the deficit to 51-48 heading into the final quarter.
After the first three quarters were slow and controlled, the fourth was played at a frenetic pace. A baseline jumper from Hernandez trimmed the WestConn lead to just one point with 9:17 left to play. The Colonials retaliated with an 11-2 run capped by a layup from Jessica Davis for a 62-52 lead with 6:24 remaining.
The Mariners closed the gap to 66-63. However, stellar free throw shooting in the waning minutes from WestConn's Lola Herman–who finished with nine points and five rebounds–helped cement the 70-63 win for the Colonials.
Mitchell will next play at Albertus Magnus College on Tuesday, December 17 at 5 p.m.