Eastern Connecticut State Pulls Away from Road-Weary Owls

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team outscored the University of Maine-Presque Isle 15-2 over the final six minutes of the first half to erase an eight-point deficit and went on to a 63-45 non-conference victory Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

In its first home appearance after a 1-3 road trip, Eastern (6-7) got points from five different players in the 15-2 run that turned an eight-point deficit into a five-point halftime lead. The Warriors maintained the momentum in the second half by connecting on the first two buckets of the second half to push the advantage to ine, 32-23. The lead swelled to 11 minutes later and Presque Isle (4-9) never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Led by first-year senior center Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown), Eastern outrebounded the Owls 51-30, including 22 on the offensive boards when the Warriors  outscored the visitors 14-1 on second-chance opportunities.

Presque Isle, coming off a loss at nationally-ranked Williams College Wednesday night, had won four of its previous six. UMPI forward Rashell Saucier (So./Washburn, ME) had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Owls. No other player had more than seven.

UMPI returns home on Friday after a long road trip in time to face the University of Maine-Augusta on Sunday, January 15th.  The two squads squared off in Augusta on December 8th when it was the Moose coming away with the 66-57 victory.