PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University used a balanced scoring attack and a strong second half Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium to defeat Rhode Island College, 68-53, in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both schools.
The Panthers shot only 22 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, and was able to go into the break with a 26-26 tie. PSU came back to convert at a 54 percent clip in the second half to pull out the 15-point win. Plymouth State improves to 2-3 overall, while RIC drops to 1-4.
Senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) led the Panthers with 12 points, hitting 6-of-8 from the field. Junior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) added 11 points apiece, and senior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
Junior Jamie Angell (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Kari Geisler (Derry, N.H.) led the Anchorwomen with 13 points apiece, and sophomore Brittany Rosen (Derry, N.H.) collected a game-high 13 rebounds.
Plymouth State used a 13-5 run in the opening five minutes of the second half to open up an eight-point lead (39-31). RIC cut the margin to one point (41-40) over the next three minutes, but the hosts responded with a 14-4 streak to take a 55-44 advantage with 6:27 to play. The Anchorwomen didn't get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
The Panthers connected on 11-of-12 from the free throw line after converting only 40 percent from the stripe in their first four outings.
PSU is back in action Tuesday with a non-conference contest at Middlebury (6:00 p.m.). RIC plays a non-conference tilt Tuesday at Johnson & Wales (5:30 p.m.).
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