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Strong comeback leads PSU Women’s Hoop past NEC

HENNIKER, N.H. - Sophomore forward Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) reached career highs with 16 points and 17 rebounds Monday night, leading Plymouth State University past New England College, 68-53, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Bridges Gym.

The Pilgrims maintained control for much of the first half and led 36-26 at the break. The Panthers roared back with a strong second half, outscoring NEC 42-17 to pull out the 15-point victory. PSU improves to 3-2 overall, while NEC drops to 2-3.

Susat, whose previous career highs were 10 points and six rebounds, hit 7-of-11 from the floor and grabbed nine offensive rebounds. She also added two assists and two steals.

Four other Panthers scored in double figures as PSU had a balanced offensive attack. Junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) and freshman Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) contributed 12 points apiece, senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) added 11, and senior Erica Perry (Center Conway, N.H.) chipped in with 10, the most points for her in a game since her freshman year.

NEC was led by sophomore Sarah Neilson, who scored 16 points, and classmate Laura Mahoney, who finished with 14. Junior Danielle Tetrault added eight points and six rebounds.

The Panthers return to action Thursday when they travel to Rhode Island College to make-up the Little East Conference debut that was postponed last Saturday (7:00 p.m.).

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