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Panthers rout Eastern Nazarene

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College rattled off 33 unanswered points in the first half Thursday night and went on to post an 86-36 victory over Eastern Nazarene College in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The Panthers started slow and led 9-8 before holding the Crusaders scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the first half. By the time ENC scored again, PSC had raced to a 34-point lead. The Panthers led by 36 at halftime (51-15) and never led by less than 30 in the second half.

PSC head coach Lauren Lavigne was able to utilize the entire bench, with all 15 Panthers in uniform playing at least seven minutes and only one player logging more than 20 minutes. Junior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) was the only PSC player to score in double figures, making 6-of-8 field goal tries to finish with 12 points.

Plymouth State's stifling defense made 27 steals and forced 41 turnovers by the Crusaders, while allowing ENC to make only 29 percent of its shot attempts. PSC also outrebounded the visitors, 46-23.

The final regular season home game for PSC is set for this Saturday (Feb. 16) at Foley Gymnasium against Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College. The Panthers, 16-7 overall, have already clinched third place in the conference, and will host a first-round LEC Tournament game next Tuesday (Feb. 19) against an opponent to be determined.

Eastern Nazarene drops to 4-20.