DANBURY, Conn. – Junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) had her third straight double-double with season-highs of 34 points and 19 rebounds and the Eastern Connecticut State University starters shot 65.3 percent from the floor in a 99-70 Little East Conference women's basketball victory over Western Connecticut Wednesday night at Feldman Arena.
Villard had 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks to pace Eastern (5-2, 3-0 LEC) to an 11-point, 25-13 lead after the first quarters and the Warriors went on to their 11th win in the last 12 outings over Western (4-4, 0-2 LEC) in the all-time series.
Now 4-1 this year away from home, Eastern moves into sole possession of first place in the conference, ahead of idle 2017-18 LEC regular-season champion UMass Dartmouth.
With 34 points and 19 rebounds, Villard finished one shy of her career-highs in those careers. She moved to within 70 points of 1,000 in her career. The LEC leader in rebounding (10.3) and field goal percentage (56.8), Villard was 13-of-16 from the floor, and 8-of-9 from the foul line with three blocks and three assists.
Eastern's starters totaled 81 of the team's points, sinking 32-of-49 from the floor and 17-of-21 from the foul line and grabbing 37 rebounds with 26 assists and six blocked shots.
Junior guard Julie Jordan (Sterling) added a career-high 19 points and season-high ten rebounds and four assists. She was 9-of-14 from the floor. Senior forward Kelsey Santagata (Stamford) added 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Freshman guard Julie Keckler (Trumbull), last week's LEC Rookie-of-the-Week, contributed a career-high ten assists along with four points and five rebouns in 27 minutes.
Eastern visits Plymouth State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a conference game.