MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Plymouth State University whittled a 25-point second half deficit down to seven points Tuesday night but time ran out and the PSU women's basketball team fell to the Middlebury College Panthers, 65-56, in Pepin Gym.
Middlebury jumped out to a 15-5 lead and then went on a 15-0 run midway through the opening half to take a 34-14 lead. The hosts extended their lead to 25 points before Plymouth State battled back, going on a late 11-0 run to pull to within seven points with 1:04 remaining, but PSU could get no closer.
Junior Kate Fehsenfeld (Zionsville, Ind.) led Middlebury with 19 points, while classmate Micaela McVary (Springfield, Ill.) and senior Elyse Carlson (Braintree, Mass.) added 10 points apiece. Freshman Alanna Young (Concord, N.H.) contributed seven points and 15 rebounds as Middlebury had a 47-38 advantage on the boards.
Plymouth State again used a balanced scoring attack. Freshmen point guards Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) and Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) combined for 20 points, with DePalo leading the team with 11 points off the Panther bench. Sophomores Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) and Kaitlin Linehan (South Boston, Mass.) chipped in with eight points apiece.
PSU struggled in the first half, shooting only 20.6 percent before rallying after the break.
Plymouth State, 2-4 overall, completes the first semester of action Saturday with a Little East Conference match-up at UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.). Middlebury, 3-4, has another non-conference home game on Wednesday against Green Mountain (5:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information)
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