KEENE, NH – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team shot nearly 57 percent from the floor, closing out the regular season with its fourth straight win, 80-50, over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
As the No. 2 seed, Eastern (17-8, 12-4 LEC) earns a first-round tournament bye into Friday's 7:30 p.m. semifinals. Top-seeded UMass Dartmouth hosts the tournament semifinals and final this weekend. In the semifinals, the Warriors play the winner of Tuesday's first-round game between No. 3 University of Southern Maine and No. 6 Castleton University, scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Gorham, ME. Eastern defeated both of those teams on the road most recently after losing to both of them at home the first time around.
Against Keene (4-21, 1-15 LEC), junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) and freshman forward Anna Barry (Andover) each had 15 points. Barry was 7-of-9 from the floor with two blocks and Villard was 7-of-7 from the foul line and pulled down ten rebounds for her third straight double-double and 11th of the season.
While Easternn was shooting 56.7 percent from the floor, Keene managed just 32.1 from the field, including 4-of-23 from three-point range.
Last year, Eastern was 8-6 in the conference and finished the season 12-15.