PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Plymouth State College outscored Rhode Island College 17-6 over the final six minutes of the game Saturday evening and the Panthers held off the upset-minded Anchorwomen 70-59 in a Little East Conference women's basketball contest.
The Panthers, who are ranked ninth in the Division III New England poll, improve to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while RIC suffered its eighth consecutive loss and dropped to 2-13 and 0-5.
The Anchorwomen trailed almost the entire game, but mounted a furious comeback in the second half, tying the game at 53-53 with 6:39 remaining. PSC showed its mettle down the stretch and pulled away with the win.
Junior Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) led all scorers with 21 points. She also dished out a season-high nine assists and made four steals while connecting on 5-of-8 shot attempts, 8-of-10 free throws and all three tries from beyond the three-point arc.
Pelletier was one of four Panthers to score in double figures. Junior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) hit 7-of-8 field goal tries and finished with 14 points and a PSC-season-high 16 rebounds. Freshman Heidi McAllister (Newport, N.H.) added 13 points and five rebounds off the Panther bench, and junior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) contributed 10 points and six boards.
Angela Sarette was a bright spot for RIC with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the loss.
PSC plays its fourth straight road game Tuesday in a Little East Conference match-up at Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.).