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Panthers blow out UMD in LEC opener

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Sophomore Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) tossed in a career-high 24 points Saturday afternoon, leading Plymouth State College's women's basketball team to an 82-52 blowout victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Little East Conference opener for both schools.

Oswalt connected on 8-of-11 field goal attempts and 7-of-8 free throws, while also contributing two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes of action. She had reached double figures in scoring only one other time in her career, finishing with 10 points at Castleton State 11 days ago.

PSC was never challenged in the game, jumping to a 47-20 halftime lead and coasting home with the win. The Panthers shot 47 percent from the field while holding the Corsairs to a 29 percent clip.

Oswalt was one of four Panthers to score in double figures. Senior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.), who became PSC's all-time scoring leader Thursday night at Salem State, tallied 12 points against UMD. Senior guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) added 10 points and seven rebounds, and classmate Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) contributed 10 points, six assists and four steals.

None of the Corsairs reached double figures in scoring, as Bridget Bowes led the team with nine points. UMD drops to 1-4 this season.

The Panthers, 4-1 overall, make their first appearance of the season at Foley Gymnasium this Tuesday, Dec. 10, when they host Coast Guard (6:00 p.m.). PSC head coach Lauren Lavigne can reach career win #100 with a win against the Bears. The win over UMD gives Lavigne a career mark of 99-66.