PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored a season-high 22 points and Plymouth State University held off a second-half comeback by Saint Joseph's College Thursday night, defeating the visiting Monks, 69-67, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
Plymouth State had a double-digit second-half lead (38-27) with 17 minutes remaining, but Saint Joe's rallied, pulling to within two (51-49) with eight minutes remaining and tying the game at 61-all with three minutes left. It was 67-apiece with 28 seconds remaining, but Oswalt sank a pair of free throws with 13 second to play, and PSU held on for the win.
The victory pushed the Panthers over the .500 mark at 7-6 overall, while the Monks had a four-game winning streak stopped and dropped to 7-6.
Oswalt enjoyed a strong night of shooting, hitting 5-of-10 from the floor, all three 3-point buckets, and 9-of-10 from the line. She also recorded three rebounds, three assists and five steals. Senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and freshman Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
The outcome spoiled a terrific night for SJC junior Megan Tetrault (Portland, Maine). She hit 10-of-13 from the floor to finish with a game-high 24 points. Senior Abbie Rice (South Portland, Maine) added 14 points and senior Morgan Brownlee (Portland, Maine) contributed 11 points, four assists and four steals.
The visitors shot 50 percent for the game (28-of-56) while PSU hit at a 41.8 percent clip, but the Panthers had a 38-25 advantage on the boards. Plymouth State was also red-hot from the free throw line, making 20-of-21 attempts, while the Monks were 9-of-12 from the stripe.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Western Connecticut State University. Saint Joseph's returns home to host Colby next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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