PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's women's basketball team was unable to hold onto the lead against a tough Western Connecticut State University team Saturday, falling to the Colonials 80-72 in a Little Easat Conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
In a game that saw 11 lead changes and seven ties in the second half, the Panthers were on top 66-65 with less than five minutes remaining. The Colonials proved to be too much for the Panthers, taking a 67-66 lead at the 4:31 mark and never looking back.
The Colonials improve to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Plymouth falls to 7-8 overall and 2-5 in the conference.
PSC led at the half, 34-33, leading by as many as seven points (34-27) with 4:38 remaining in the first half. Free throws were keys to the game, as the Colonials were 36-for-46 from the line while the Panthers connected on just 14-of-22.
Western's senior guard Linda Zapor (New Britain,CT) led all scorers with 24 points and eight rebounds. All five of the starters for Western Connecticut scored in double figures, senior forward Lillian Rembert (New Haven, CT) adding 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds, sophomore forward Arianna Dolock (Charlestown, RI) adding 13 points, senior guard Kim Camella (Monroe, CT) contributing 11 and senior Yolanda Harris (East Hartford, CT) 10.
The Panthers put four starters in double figures. Sophomore Kate Fillion (Littleton, NH) scored 14 points and Rebecca Morse (Sterling, MA) added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Morse is now 40 points shy of becoming the fourth PSC woman to score 1,000 career points.
Also adding to the PSC effort was junior guard Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) with 12 points and junior Lauren Santoli (Mansfield, MA) with 10 points. Sophomore Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) added eight points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers are back in action this Wednesday night (Jan. 27) at 5:30 p.m. when they face arch-rival Keene State at Foley Gymnasium. The Colonials host Eastern Connecticut Tuesday (Jan. 26) at 5:30 p.m.
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