Plymouth State College's women's basketball team defeated instate rival Keene State Wednesday night with a thrilling 80-78 overtime victory at Foley Gymnasium.
Senior center Rebecca Morse (Sterling, MA) led they way for the Panthers scoring a season high 28 points, and pulling down 12 rebounds. Junior Lauren Santoli (Mansfield, MA) also recorded a season high scoring 16 points for the evening. Morse now has 988 career points, and needs only 12 more to become the fifth PSC woman to score 1,000 points.
Leading at the half 39-35, Keene State held onto the lead until 40 seconds left in regulation when junior guard Lynn Hersey (Dexter, ME) made two free throws, and Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) stole the subsequent in bounds pass and scored to tie it at 69-69 and send the game to overtime.
Overtime was all Plymouth State, as the Panthers took the lead 71-69 and never looked back. Morse had nine of her 28 in the overtime period, and Hersey made two key free throws to seal the victory for the Panthers.
Three Keene State players scored in double figures -- Judy Izzo (Nashua, NH) finished with 23, Carrie Trudeau (Saco, Me) put in 17, and Alice Adams (W. Bridgewater, MA) finished with 13 points.
Plymouth now improves to 8-8 overall and 3-5 in the Little East Conference. The next home game is this Saturday (Jan. 30) against Rhode Island College at Foley Gymnasium (1:00 p.m.). Keene State falls to 8-9 overall, and 3-5 in the LEC.
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