PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomores Nicky Morey (Columbia, Conn.) and Ashley McFetridge (Canton, Conn.) combined for 42 points Saturday afternoon to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to a 78-69 victory over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
The Warriors raced to a big lead in the opening 20 minutes and had a 17-point second-half advantage before holding off a Panther rally. PSU pulled to within five points with five minutes remaining but the visitors held on, improving to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Panther suffered their third straight loss and fell to 4-10 overall and 1-4 in the LEC.
Morey, a guard, finished with a game-high 22 points for the Warriors, converting 15-of-17 free throws and adding six assists, while McFetridge, a forward, did her damage on the inside with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals. Junior Bridget Durette (Seymour, Conn.) added 14 points for the winners.
Junior Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Karly Gray (Southampton, Mass.) anchored the Panther offense, scoring 15 points apiece. Junior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points.
Eastern took a double-digit lead (18-8) less than seven minutes into the contest, and maintained the lead the rest of the half. The Warriors pushed the margin to 20 points (40-20) with three minutes to go in the half before heading to the locker room with a 14-point bulge (43-29).
After shooting only 29 percent in the first half, Plymouth State caught fire in the second half, converting 50 percent from the field. The Panthers, who trailed 50-33 with 17 minutes to play, whittled the margin down over the next 12 minutes, and were within five points (65-60) with 4:55 on the clock.
The comeback stalled, Eastern scored the next eight points to get the lead back up to 13 points, and PSU couldn't threaten the rest of the way.
PSU plays a pair of LEC road games this week, Tuesday at Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday at Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.) ECSU is back in action Tuesday with a visit to Keene State (5:30 p.m.).
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