- Sophomore Meghan DePatsy (Holden, Mass.) finished with a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds Thursday night, leading the Salem State College women's basketball team to a 64-56 non-conference victory over Plymouth State University at the O'Keefe Center.
DePatsy hit 10-of-17 from the field to help the Vikings improve to 3-1 overall. The Panthers, who came back from an 18-4 deficit to start the game to tie things up at 18-all before ending up of the short end of the final score, dropped to 1-3.
The Vikings, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season and finished with a 24-4 record, also got 16 points from junior center Estrella Kuilan (Lowell, Mass.) and 12 points from senior Kelli Reardon (Kettering, Ohio).
PSU has played improved basketball this season, but has little to show for it with just one win in four outings. Sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) scored a career-high 17 points, hitting 7-of-14 from the field and draining three three-point field goals. Classmate Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) added a season-best 11 points, and junior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) chipped in with 10 points. Senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) also contributed nine points and six rebounds.
The Panthers continue to struggle at the free throw line, making only 2-of-9, while Salem State was 15-of-24.
Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play this Saturday in the home opener when Rhode Island College pays a visit to Foley Gymnasium for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off. Salem State plays again Tuesday at home against Wheaton (7:00 p.m.).
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