Warriors Smother Trinity College, 60-27

Warriors Smother Trinity College, 60-27

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Junior forward Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, MA) had 17 points and senior forward Shannon McCourt  (New Fairfield) 15 rebounds in the first half and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team scored ten straight points in the opening minutes of the game in a 60-27 rout of Trinity College Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

With its 12th win in this 13-game series with Trinity (1-2), Eastern (4-0) is off to its first 4-0 start in four years, when it captured its first seven on the way to a 21-9 record and its most recent NCAA Division III Tournament berth.

Leading by 15 points, 29-14, at the half, Eastern scored the first five points of the second half  to push its lead to 20. The lead dipped below 20 only once thereafter.

Ritrosky was 7-for-10 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes on the way to a season-high 24 points, and McCourt grabbed 15 of Eastern's 23 first-half rebounds on the way to a career-high 19. Eastern missed all ten of its three-point field goals in the first half but scored 18 points off Trinity's 18 first-half turnovers and scored  12 points off 11 first-half rebounds. Twenty-three points of Eastern's final scoring total were the result of its 23 offensive rebounds.

After shooting 26.3 percent in the first half, the Bantams managed just 15.4 in the second, finishing at 20.0 percent for the game.

Ritrosky was 10-for-14 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line (Eastern was 13-for-14 from the stripe in the game) en route to her game-high 24 points in 28 minutes.  McCourt, the MVP of this past weekend's Eastern Tip-Off Tournament, paced the Warriors to a 52-35 advantage on the boards in 27 minutes of work.. McCourt followed Ritrosky with eight points and four steals and senior point guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) chipped in five points, three assists and two steals.

No Trinity player was able to reach double figures in points. Senior forward Taylor Higgins (Merick, NY), the team scoring leader, led the visitors with nine points, while junior forward Melanie Mills (Woodstock) and junior center Mackenzie Griffin (Stamford) combined for 11 rebounds.

Eastern hosts Tufts University, ranked No. 4 nationally, Tuesday at 6 p.m.