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PSC opens 2001 with win over UMass Boston

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College ran out to a 20-point lead midway through the first half Tuesday evening, and never looked back en route to a 107-80 victory over UMass Boston in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The Panthers led 30-9 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, and extended the lead to 30 points (46-16) with five minutes left on the clock. The PSC lead was 29 points at the half (57-28), and the Beacons never got closer than 25 points the rest of the way. With the victory, PSC advances to 2-1 in LEC play and 7-3 overall, while UMB drops to 0-4 and 5-5.

Four players scored in double figures for the Panthers, and 13 of the 14 players in uniform got in the scoring column. Sophomore guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) led the way with 18 points, followed by sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) with 16, senior Kate Fillion (Littleton, N.H.) with 14 and sophomore Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) with 11 points and 10 assists. The Beacons got an outstanding performance from sophomore center Andreen Gilpin (Boston, Mass.), who scored 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. She hit 14 of 20 field goal attempts and collected eight rebounds off the offensive glass. Gilpin was the only Beacon to score in double figures. Both teams were foul-happy, combing for 60 fouls. PSC converted 34 of 52 free throws (.654) while UMB struggled to make 14 of 32 from the stripe (.438). The Beacons committed 34 turnovers and the Panthers made 26.

Plymouth State returns to action Thursday (Jan. 11) at Foley Gymnasium, hosting Bowdoin in a non-conference affair (7:30 p.m.).