Villa finishes with career high 21 points for Falcons in MASCAC setback
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Fitchburg State women's basketball team was in action this evening, dropping a 68-52 decision to the Lancers of Worcester State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at the Parkinson Gymnasium.
Worcester State opened the contest on a 9-2 run as junior Brianna Hackett connected on a trey and a jumper, while sophomore Kaitlyn Berkel added a bucket. Fitchburg State cut the deficit to 17-11 after freshman Allysa Rivera drained a three ball and sophomore Amy Connolly hit a layup before sophomore Kate Surprenant knocked down a jumper as time expired to make the 19-11 after ten minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the Green and Gold went on a 12-3 stretch over the first five minutes of the quarter with senior Shabeli Villa sparked the run with seven points, while newcomer Kyra Rose chipped in three points to give the Falcons a 23-22 advantage.
The Lancers regained the lead (25-23) on a bucket by sophomore Britt Herring. Worcester State proceeded to go on a 10-2 run with Herring leading the way with four points, while Hackett added a trey before freshman Jaliannette Marquez hit a running layup in the paint with two seconds left (35-27).
Following the break, Fitchburg State cut the lead to 40-34 after a three-pointer by Villa and back-to-back buckets from Rose and Marquez. Worcester State upped it margin (53-38) on baskets by sophomore Emily Carens, senior Bianca Langford and a trey from Hackett.
In the final frame, the Lancers extended its lead (59-39) on a pair of jumpers by Berkel and freshman Catherine Sweeney before the Falcons answered back on a three-pointer by Villa and a layup from Connolly to make the score 59-45.
Following a jumper from Suprenant, the Green and Gold closed out the scoring as Villa drained a pair form the charity stripe, while senior Melissa Guglielmello added on free-throw, resulting in the 68-52 final.
Villa led all scorers, with a new career-best 21 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals, while Rose added to the mix with ten points, five boards, five assists and two steals for the Falcons. For Worcester State, Hackett finished with a team-leading 14 points, two caroms, one assist and one block, while Surprenant chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Throughout the contest, Fitchburg State shot 16-for-58 (27.6%) from the field and 40.0% (4-of-10) from three point range, while Worcester State finished 24-of-54 (44.4%) overall and 55.6% (5-for-9) from downtown.
Fitchburg State (9-12, 1-8 MASCAC) returns to action on Saturday as it travels to MCLA to take on the Trailblazers at 3 p.m. Worcester State (10-12, 6-3 MASCAC) will host the Bears of Bridgewater State for a contest starting at 3 p.m.