PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore center Estrella Kuilan (Lowell, Mass.) scored a game-high 25 points and missed a triple-double by two rebounds Thursday evening, leading Salem State College past Plymouth State University, 93-59, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
Kuilan hit 12 of her 19 shots while also grabbing eight rebounds and blocking 12 shots to lead the Vikings. Salem State improves to 4-1 on the season, while PSU drops to 2-2.
Junior guard Gillian Almeida (Mattapoisett, Mass.) added 12 points and eight rebounds for the visitors. Junior Sheila Ferreira (Marion, Mass.) and freshman Taylor Janedy (Malden, Mass.) contributed 10 points apiece off the Vikings' bench, and freshman Meghan DePatsy (Holden, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and a game-high 14 boards.
Plymouth State had only one player reach double figures in scoring, as freshman Kaitlin Linehan (Boston, Mass./Savio Prep) finished with 10 points off the bench.
The hosts managed to shoot just 24 percent from the floor, while Salem State hit at a 50.7 percent clip. The Vikings also had a 60-44 advantage on the boards.
Salem State got a double-digit lead (12-2) just over three minutes into the contest and never looked back. The Vikings extended their lead to 20 points with seven minutes to play in the half before settling for a 17-point margin at the break. Salem maintained a 20 or 30-point lead most of the second half.
The Panthers make their Little East Conference season debut this Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Rhode Island College. Salem State returns home to host Gordon College next Tuesday (6:00 p.m.).
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