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January 7, 2006

UMD pulls out win over PSU Women’s Basketball

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Kerri Augenstein (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored 26 points Saturday afternoon, leading the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 75-71 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The Corsairs defeated the Panthers for the second straight time after dropping the previous 16 outings to PSU. UMD improves to 5-6 on the season, 1-2 in conference play, while Plymouth State drops to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the LEC.

In addition to Augenstein, the Corsairs got strong performances from freshman center Joanna Piascik (New Britain, Conn.) and sophomore guard Ashley Chard (Burlington, Conn.). Piascik finish with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Chard connected on three three-point baskets to finish with nine points.

Plymouth State had three players score in double figures - junior Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) with a team-high 16 points, and junior Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) and sophomore Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) with 14 points apiece. Junior Kaitlin Linehan (South Boston, Mass.) added seven points and a team-high eight boards.

It was a close game throughout the first half until the visitors closed out the half with an 11-3 run, taking a 42-32 advantage into the locker room. PSU came back to tie the game at 54-all with 12 minutes remaining.

UMD maintained the advantage, leading by two points (65-63) with five minutes remaining. PSU pressured the Corsairs down the stretch, but couldn't regain the lead and the visitors held on for the win.

PSU gets right back into action Sunday with a non-conference game at UMaine Farmington (1:00 p.m.) UMD returns home to host Eastern Connecticut in an LEC game on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.)

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