PLYMOUTH, N.H. - It was a team effort for Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon as the Panthers defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 59-50, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
PSU, which earned the season sweep over the Corsairs, got back on the winning track after dropping its previous six conference games. The Panthers are now 6-14 overall and 2-8 in the LEC, while UMD falls to 4-16 and 0-10.
All eight Panthers who got into the scoring column finished with between six and 10 points. Junior Annie Alosa (Concord, N.H.) topped the list with 10 points, while sophomore Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) added nine and junior Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) chipped in with eight.
UMD also used a balanced effort. Senior Merideth Morgan (Amherst, Mass.) led the visitors with 10 points, while junior Vasiliki Palantzas (Brockton, Mass.) added nine and freshman Amanda Poniatowski (Shelton, Conn.) chipped in with eight. Palantzas led all rebounders with 13, despite PSU owning a 51-42 advantage on the boards.
It was anyone's game in the first half, with five lead changes and six ties. PSU outscored the Corsairs 9-2 over the last three minutes to take a one-point margin (30-29) into the intermission.
The visitors kept the deficit in single digits throughout the second half, but could get no closer than four points over the final 17 minutes. The Panthers helped seal the deal by converting their final six free throw attempts in the last three minutes after making only seven of their first 17 tries.
PSU is home again on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against fourth-ranked University of Southern Maine, the six-time defending LEC champs. UMD returns home to host rival UMass Boston in an LEC affair Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday's annual "Spirit Night" event at Foley Gymnasium will include entertainment by "Lucky," the official mascot of the Boston Celtics.
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