KEENE, N.H. - Senior Margot Fleming (Delhi, N.Y.) and junior Erika Forsberg (Laconia, N.H.) each scored 27 points Tuesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium to lead the Keene State College women's basketball team to a 108-94 Little East Conference victory over rival Plymouth State College.
Fleming finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Forsberg added a career-high 27 points and 12 boards. Junior Sarah Linn (Brattleboro, Vt.) also registered an Owl record 15 assists. It was the third straight win for Keene State, which advances to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the LEC. The loss snapped PSC's four-game winning streak, dropping the Panthers to 9-4 and 3-2.
Averaging a league-high 82.1 ppg entering the game, the Panthers took an early 11-point lead (22-11) midway though the first half. The Owls came back to take a slim 46-44 lead at halftime. With the game tied at 63-63 with 9:25 to play, Keene State went on a 16-3 run to take a 79-66 lead with just over six minutes to play. The Panthers never threatened the rest of the way as Keene State hit its free throws down the stretch. Sophomore Julie Tardif (Atkinson, N.H.) dropped in 13 points, Linn added 12 and freshmen Aly Araque (Hopewell Jct., N.Y.) contributed 11 to round out the double-figure scorers for KSC. Sophomore Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) scored a season-high 25 points and senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) chipped in with 16 points, classmate Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) was good for 14 and junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) 12 to help the Panther cause. "They gave us a dose of our own medicine," said PSC head coach Lauren Lavigne, "and we didn't know how to react to it. I was afraid of their three-point shooting. I knew there was going to be a lot of scoring and emotion on both sides." "You're not going to see a more entertaining game and the players deserve a lot of credit," said KSC coach Keith Boucher. "Despite the high score, I thought we did a great job defensively, especially in the second half when we were ahead." It was the highest point total by a Keene State team since 1998 when the Owls scored 139 against Rivier.
Keene State will host Southern Maine on Saturday (1 p.m.). Plymouth State entertains Rhode Island College Thursday at Foley Gymnasium (7 p.m.)