PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Estrella Kuilan (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore Lindsay Watkins (Wareham, Mass.) combined for 55 points Thursday evening and Salem State College outlasted Plymouth State University in double overtime, 103-97, in non-conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
The game was nip and tuck the entire way. There were 16 lead changes through the first 40 minutes, with neither team leading by more than seven points, and the 79-79 deadlock at the end of regulation was the 10th tie score of the game.
There were two more lead changes and seven more tie scores in the first overtime as each team scored 15 points. Salem State, which converted several key possessions to stay alive at the end of both regulation and the first overtime, outscored PSU 9-3 in the second overtime for the win.
The Panthers had five players finish in double figures in scoring. Junior forward Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) came off the bench to match her career-high with 18 points while collecting a career-best 12 rebounds, and sophomore guard Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) reached her career best in points (18), assists (7) and steals (6). Junior Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) added 14 points, and senior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) and freshman Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) chipped in with a season-high 12 points apiece.
Kuilan nearly recorded a triple-double for the Vikings, finishing with 31 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocked shots, while Watkins finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Salem State also got 15 points from sophomore Michelle Gosselin (Underhill Center, Vt.), 12 from sophomore Melissa Macchi (Peabody, Mass.) and 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from junior Shannon Murphy (Lynn, Mass.)
The affair marked the third straight season that PSU has lost a double overtime game, and the 97 points is the most for the Panthers in a loss since a 105-97 setback to Colby on Nov. 23, 2002.
The Panthers, 3-2, will travel to Western Connecticut Saturday for the Little East Conference opener (1:00 p.m.) Salem State remains unbeaten at 3-0.
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