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Colby-Sawyer holds off PSU Women’s Basketball

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Emma Pasquale (Eliot, Maine) and junior Noelle Surette (Buxton, Maine) combined for 43 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots Tuesday evening to lead Colby-Sawyer College to a 68-58 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

Pasquale led the way for the Chargers, making 12-of-17 shots from the floor to finish with a game-high 26 points and adding eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Surette provided solid support with 17 points, a game-high nine boards and three blocks. They helped the Chargers remain undefeated on the season (4-0) while PSU dipped to 1-3.

Junior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) paced the Panthers with 11 points and seven rebounds, while junior Joy DePalo (Sunapee, N.H./Mascoma) chipped in with 10 points. Senior Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) had a solid all-around game with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Plymouth State scored 10 straight points early in the game to take an eight-point lead (19-11). The Panthers maintained the advantage the rest of the first half until Surette hit consecutive shots in the final 45 seconds to give the Chargers a one-point margin (34-33) at the break.

Colby-Sawyer opened the second half with a 13-4 burst to go up by 10 points (47-37) with 15 minutes remaining. PSU cut the margin to two points on three occasions in the final six minutes, but Surette and Pasquale were too much and the Chargers held off the Panthers down the stretch.

Plymouth State plays another non-conference game Thursday at Salem State (6:00 p.m.), while Colby-Sawyer opens Commonwealth Coast Conference play Saturday at Roger Williams (1:00 p.m.)

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