- Eastern Connecticut State University scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back Saturday afternoon, rolling to an 84-58 victory over Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference women's basketball regular season finale at Foley Gymnasium.
Eastern used a balanced scoring offense to knock off the Panthers. Senior Katie Kline (North Brookfield, Mass.) and freshman Nicky Morey (Columbia, Conn.) both registered double-doubles for the Warriors, Kline finishing with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting) and 13 rebounds and Morey collecting 14 points (on 5-of-5 shooting) and 10 boards. Junior Sandy Mosley (Goshen, Conn.) added 12 points and eight rebounds to the cause, and sophomore Ali Bergeron (Jericho, Vt.) chipped in with 11 points.
Sophomore Sadie Hardiman (Loudon, N.H.) turned in the top performance of her career for PSU with her first double-double. She came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) and grab 12 rebounds. Junior Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) added 13 points for the Panthers, and sophomore Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) tossed in 12.
PSU shot only 27 percent from the floor in the first half but trailed by only eight points when Morey hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the visitors an 11-point margin at the break (39-28). Eastern opened the second half with a 13-2 run to make it a 22-point advantage (52-30) and the Warriors coasted home the rest of the way.
Plymouth State concludes the regular season at 10-14 overall and 5-9 in conference play. The Panthers will be the fifth seed in next week's LEC Tournament, and will visit fourth-seeded Keene State for Tuesday's first-round game (5:30 p.m.)
The Warriors, 19-6 overall, finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Little East, along with Western Connecticut and Keene State, all at 8-5 in LEC games. Eastern will be the third seed in next week's LEC Tournament, and will host sixth-seeded Rhode Island College Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in a first-round contest.
PSU will be looking for its first win in three tries this season against Keene State in Tuesday's LEC Tournament game. The Owls defeated the Panthers 69-54 in Keene last month, and 71-54 in Plymouth this past Tuesday.
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