Junior guard Erin Egan hit a three-point field goal and freshman guard Darcy Mund sank a free throw following a steal by Emily Nester in the final seconds as Eastern Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State College in overtime, 79-74, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Geisler Gymnasium.
The win is the fourth in five conference games for the Warriors (7-4) and third straight overall. Plymouth State is 6-6 overall, 2-3 in the conference.
Senior center Rebecca Morse (Sterling,MA) had given PSC a 66-62 lead when she put back a missed shot with 22 seconds left in regulation but the Warriors rallied to send the game into overtime. Egan hit a three-point shot with 13 seconds left to pull ECSU to within one, 66-65. Nester then stole an inbounds pass under the ECSU basket with five seconds left. Mund was fouled on the play and hit a free throw to send the game into overtime.
Eastern scored nine of the first 11 points of overtime, and the Panthers never recovered.
Sophomore forward Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) led Plymouth State with 19 points and six rebounds, connecting on 8-of-13 field goal attempts. Morse finished with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, hitting 7-of-10 from the floor. Sophomore Kate Fillion (Littleton, NH) added 15 points, including three three-pointers, and freshman Megan Fournier (E.Waterboro, ME) contributed 11 points.
The Panthers play a conference game Tuesday (Jan. 19) at Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.), a non-conference road game Thursday (Jan. 21) at Norwich (5:00), and return home to Foley Gymnasium Saturday (Jan. 23) to host LEC foe Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.).
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