PLYMOUTH, N.H. - On the strength of a 30-8 run to close out the first half, Plymouth State College's women's basketball team overpowered arch-rival Keene State College Tuesday night and went on to capture a 67-53 Little East Conference victory at Foley Gymnasium.
The victory, PSC's fourth in a row and 15th straight at home, improves the Panthers to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in the LEC. Keene State, which had defeated PSC three weeks ago in Keene, drops to 12-7 and 6-5.
The Panthers used a balanced scoring attack to down the Owls. Sophomores Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) and Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) scored 14 points apiece to lead the offensive output, and classmate Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) added 11 points. Morin and Adey did their work coming off the Panther bench.
The Owls also had a balanced scoring unit, as junior Margot Fleming (Delhi, N.Y.) led the way with 12 points and 12 rebounds and junior Sarah Linn (Brattleboro, Vt.) and sophomore Hayley Alaimo (Ellington, Conn.) contributed 10 points apiece.
Keene State had the advantage most of the opening 10 minutes of the game, leading by seven points (18-11) with 8:32 to play in the half. But PSC regrouped and went on that 30-8 run to take a 15-point advantage (41-26) into the break.
The Panthers extended its lead to as much as 21 points (55-34) with 11:42 on the clock, and led by double digits most of the second half. Keene State cut the deficit to nine points (62-53) with 2:30 to play, but did not score another point and PSC cruised home with the win.
Free throws were also a telling story. PSC converted 16 of its shots from the line, while the Owls were 0-for-2.
The Panthers return to action Saturday (Feb. 10) at UMass Boston (1:00 p.m.), while Keene State returns home to host Western Connecticut Saturday (1:00 p.m.).