Senior Rebecca Morse (Sterling, MA) turned in a strong performance for Plymouth State College Saturday but it wasn't enough as the Panthers fell to Western Connecticut State University, 53-43, in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both schools.
Plymouth State, now 3-3 overall, was the sixth-place team in the pre-season LEC poll. Western Conn., 3-1 overall, was selected second in the pre-season poll.
Morse scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, connecting on 10 of 17 shots from the floor and five of seven from the free throw line. The senior center added three steals, two blocks and two assists, but she was the only Panther player to score in double figures.
Sophomore Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) contributed eight points and 11 rebounds for PSC, but the Panthers were hurt by poor shooting, as everyone else besides Morse combined to connect on 9-of-47 shots and 1-of-13 three-point attempts. The PSC defense held Western Conn. to a .367 shooting percentage.
The Colonials got a balanced attack, with 11 points from Arianna Dolock and 10 from Linda Zapor. Yolanda Harris added eight points and 10 boards, and Lillian Rembert chipped in with seven points and 10 rebounds.
After six road games to open the season, Plymouth State finally plays its home opener under first-year head coach Lauren Lavigne this Monday, Dec. 7, hosting Rivier College in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium (5:30 p.m.).
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