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PSC runs past Johnson & Wales

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Six Plymouth State College women's basketball players scored in double figures Saturday, including all five starters, as the Panthers ran away from Johnson and Wales in a non-conference encounter at Foley Gymnasium, 102-77.

Senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) and sophomore Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) shared game-high scoring honors with 20 points apiece for PSC. Zagorski connected on 8-of-14 field goal attempts while Pelletier did most of her damage at the free throw line, sinking 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. Also getting into the scoring act for PSC were sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.), who had 15 points, and junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine), who contributed 12 points and seven assists. Sophomore Virginia Rohrborn (Salisbury, N.H.) chipped in with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, and freshman Erica Perry (Fryeburg, Maine) came off the bench to add 10 points.

With the victory, PSC completes the first semester with a 6-3 overall record. The 100-point effort is the first for the Panthers since a 116-41 decision over Rivier on Dec. 7, 1998. Johnson and Wales lost for the eighth time in nine outings. The 25-point verdict for PSC wiped out a solid performance by Wildcat forward Socorro Cronan (Providence, R.I.), who scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Junior Linda Yebra (Gonzales, CA) scored 18 points for JWU and freshman Crystal VanDale (N.Grosvenordale, Conn.) and junior Laura Hutchison (Jamestown, Pa.) added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Plymouth State went on a 16-5 run late in the first half to build a 12-point lead (35-23), and maintained nine-point margin at the break (49-40). The Wildcats were within five points (68-63) with nine minutes to play in the second half, but the Panthers made 15 of 18 free throws late in the half to seal the victory. Junior Brooke Randall (Harrisville, R.I.) canned a three-pointer in the closing seconds to put PSC over the 100-point mark.

PSC is now idle for final exams and the holidays. The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 9th, with a Little East Conference game at Foley Gymnasium against UMass Boston (5:30 p.m.). PSC plays its first three games in January at home.