PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) scored a season-high 20 points Thursday night as Plymouth State College's women's basketball team cruised past Johnson & Wales University, 78-52, in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
The win was PSC's eighth in a row, one shy of the school record for consecutive victories. The Panthers are now 13-5 overall, while JWU fell for the ninth time in 10 outings to drop to 5-12.
Pelletier hit 3-of-6 from three-point range and 7-of 12 overall, while collecting eight rebounds. Seniors Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) added 12 and 10 points, respectively, and classmate Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) contributed nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Thirteen different Panthers got into the scoring column as head coach Lauren Lavigne was able to utilize the bench in the second half.
The Wildcats had a balanced scoring attack, as the top six scorers finished with between seven and nine points. Sophomore Erin Gafford (Bath, Pa.) had eight points and 14 rebounds, and freshman Melissa Fidalgo (Bridgeport, Conn.) added eight points and 11 boards.
PSC led wire-to-wire, running to a 10-point advantage (18-8) midway through the first half and enjoying a 17-point bulge (38-21) at the break. The Panthers shot just 38 percent on the opening 20 minutes, but had the lead because JWU converted only 23 percent from the field.
Plymouth State maintained a 20-point lead throughout most of the second half. The Wildcats got no closer than 17 points (56-39) and PSC cruised home with the win.
A big Little East Conference game looms ahead for PSC, as the Panthers visit Eastern Connecticut this Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. clash. ECSU is 16-2 overall and ranked 19th in the Division III national poll. The Warriors are also tied with Southern Maine atop the LEC standings with a 7-1 conference mark, a game ahead of 6-2 Plymouth State.