PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's women's basketball team scored the first 10 points of the game and led 32-8 midway through the first half Sunday afternoon, and went on to post an 86-55 Little East Conference victory over UMass Dartmouth at Foley Gymnasium.
The victory was the fourth in a row and advances the Panthers to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the LEC. UMD drops its fifth consecutive contest to fall to 3-9 and 0-5. Plymouth State got a game-high 17 points from sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.), who hit 8-of-11 shots from the floor. Junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) added 15 points, connecting of 6-of-7 of her shots, including one three-pointer, and senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) contributed 10 points. Sophomore Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) came off the bench to chip in with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Corsairs were led by senior Melissa Gears (Rochester, N.Y.), who scored 16 points, and freshman Kelly O'Neal (Mansfield, Mass.), who scored 12. Junior Carla Ferreira (Marion, Mass.) contributed nine points and 11 rebounds, and senior Kate Douglas (Sharon, Mass.) tallied eight points and a game-high 12 boards.
Plymouth State led 10-0 just four minutes into the contest, and extended its lead to 24 points (32-8) with 7:08 to go in the first half. The Panthers led by as much as 33 points (43-10) before settling for a 25-point margin (45-20) at the half. PSC built its lead back up over 30 points six minutes into the second half, and cruised home the rest of the way. All 14 Panthers on the roster got into the game with 12 players getting into the scoring column.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday (Jan. 16) with a key LEC affair at arch-rival Keene State (7:00 p.m.). UMD plays again Tuesday at Rhode Island College (5:30 p.m.).