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January 21, 2006

PSU Women’s Basketball upends Western Connecticut

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) scored a career-high 21 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women's basketball team to a 60-55 victory over Western Connecticut State University in Little East Conference action at Foley Gymnasium.

White, who was 5-of-10 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the line, tied the game at 55-all with a pair of free throws with less than three minutes remaining. Neither team was able to make a field goal the rest of the way, and PSU put the game away by making five straight free throws in the final 30 seconds.

The Panthers stopped a two-game losing skid and improved to 6-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play, while WestConn drops to 8-9 overall and 4-3 in the LEC.

In addition to White, the Panthers got offensive support from junior Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.), who contributed 13 points.

WestConn had two players reach double figures in scoring - junior Mallory Stevens (Seymour, Conn.) with 15 points and freshman Jennifer Kancler (Columbia, Conn.) with 12 points.

After a close game most of the first half, the visitors went on an 11-4 run in the last four minutes of the half to take a 30-23 lead into the locker room. WestConn maintained a slim lead much of the second half, but PSU stayed close and tied the game at 53-53 on White's three-pointer with four minutes left. Free throws decided the game in the closing minutes, with PSU pulling out the win.

Both teams face their archrivals on the road on Tuesday, PSU visiting Keene State (5:30 p.m.) and WestConn traveling to Eastern Connecticut (5:30 p.m.)

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