- Freshman Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) scored a career-high 18 points Tuesday evening to lead the Plymouth State University women's basketball team to a 62-49 victory over archrival Keene State College in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers, who have alternated wins and losses the last nine games, improve to 9-12 overall and 5-6 in conference play. The Owls dropped their third in a row and fifth in the last six outings to dip to 12-10 overall and 6-5 in the LEC. PSU and KSC split their season series, as the Owls took an 80-58 decision last month in Keene.
Plymouth State never trailed in the contest. It was a two-point Panther lead midway through the first half when PSU pulled ahead with a 16-5 run to take a 31-18 advantage with three minutes to play in the half. Keene State closed the margin to eight points (35-27) at the break.
The Panthers opened the second half with a 13-2 run to open up a 19-point lead (48-29). Keene State responded with three consecutive three-pointers to get the deficit down to 10 points, but PSU quickly got the lead back up to 18 points (58-40) with seven minutes to play. The Owls got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
DePalo made 6-of-11 from the field, including a season-best 5-of-9 from three-point range. PSU also got 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds from senior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.), and nine points apiece from senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) and sophomore Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.). Sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) also contributed eight points and eight assists for the Panthers.
The Owls had only two players reach double figures in scoring, as sophomore Sarah Begnoche (Millville, Mass.) and freshman Danielle Graveley (Schenectady, N.Y.) each finished with 10 points. Begnoche also collected a team-high seven rebounds. KSC's leading scorer, sophomore Bri Barnes (Merrimack, N.H.) made only 1-of-7 shots and finished with five points.
It will be Senior Day at Foley Gymnasium this Saturday as PSU hosts UMass Boston in the last regular season home game (1:00 p.m.) Keene State returns home to host Western Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
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