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Kerri Stolle (Wamogo) and Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston) lead Western to 2-0 start in WBB.

POSTED November 17, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

From the Western Connecticut womans basketball web-site... 

GALLOWAY, NJ - Sophomore guard Kerri Stolle (Warren, CT) was perfect from the free-throw line and perfect from the 3-point line on the way to scoring 20 points for the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team as the Colonials moved to 2-0 on the season, winning the championship game of the Richard Stockton Tournament over the hosts Saturday afternoon.

Also scoring in double figures for Western were senior Chelsea Mone (Bristol, CT) with 11 points, followed by junior Caroline Brasa (East Hartford, CT) and freshman Emily Dodson (Westerly, RI) who each scored 10 points.  Mone led the Colonials on the boards with eight rebounds.

Having played to a 35-35 tie at intermission, neither team led by more than three points throughout the second half.  With 26 seconds remaining in the game and Western trailing by one point, Stolle stepped to the free-throw line and gave the Colonials a one-point lead with her fifth and sixth free throws of the day.  In fact, Stolle was the only Western player to visit the charity stripe all day.  When tournament host Richard Stockton failed to convert a layup with seven seconds remaining on the clock, Western claimed the one-point victory, 59-58.

After recording a double-double with 23 points and 20 rebounds on Friday, senior Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, CT) scored six points and grabbed six more rebounds on Saturday to be named the tournament MVP.  Stolle was also named to the All-Tournament Team for Western.

For the game, Western held a 37-30 advantage in rebounds, as well as a 16-7 edge in assists.  The Colonials shot 44.2% from the floor and 100% from the line, while Richard Stockton was 35.7% and 77.8%, respectively.

With the win, Western's season record now stands at 2-0, while Richard Stockton falls to 1-1.  The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, November 20th, when they host Mount Saint Mary at Feldman Arena.  Game time is slated for 7:00pm.

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