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UMass Dartmouth knocks off PSU Women’s Basketball


- Senior Casey Ridge (Quincy, Mass.) led a contingent of four University of Massachusetts Dartmouth players who scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as the Corsairs registered a 66-62 road victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

              The Corsairs stopped a 16-game losing streak to the Panthers and upped their record to 10-9 overall and 3-6 in the LEC.  PSU dropped to 7-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

              Ridge finished with a team-high 14 points, making 4-of-5 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.  The Corsairs also got 11 points from junior Kerri Augenstein (East Greenwich, R.I.) and 10 points apiece from senior Maura Armstrong (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Lisa Satkevich (Quincy, Mass.).  Armstrong also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

              Senior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) led all scorers, scoring 17 points.  She was the only Panther to reach double figures in the scoring department, as senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) and junior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) each finished with nine points.  Sophomore Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) contributed seven points and a team-high 10 boards.

              Plymouth State never trailed in the first half, leading by as much as 10 points (24-14 and 26-16), but the Corsairs battled back, scoring the last nine points of the half to tie things up at the break, 34-34. The visitors started the second half with an 18-6 run to open up a 12-point margin with 11 minutes remaining.

              The Panthers would not go quietly, coming back to cut the margin to two points (63-61) with two minutes remaining.  But PSU managed only one free throw down the stretch, and the Corsairs clinched the win on a basket by Ridge and a free throw by Armstrong.

              UMD shot 45 percent from the floor for the game, while PSU could convert only 29 percent of its shots.  The Corsairs had a slight 45-40 advantage on the boards.

              Plymouth State wraps up a four-game home stand Tuesday with a non-conference affair against Newbury College (6:00 p.m.)  UMD is off until next Saturday when it visits Western Connecticut for an LEC contest (1:00 p.m.)

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