PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University jumped out to a 20-point advantage midway through the first half Friday evening, and went on to defeat Daniel Webster College, 87-30, in the opening game of the 2007 Days Inn of Campton Women's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers advance to Saturday's championship contest, where they will face New England College at 4:00 p.m. at Foley Gym. The Pilgrims knocked off Wellesley College in Friday's second game, 64-57. Daniel Webster and Wellesley will meet in the consolation game Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Junior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I./Burrillville) led the Panthers with 13 points in 14 minutes, making 6-of-10 shots from the field. Junior Annie Alosa (Concord, N.H./Manchester Trinity) chipped in with 11 points after making a team-high three three-point field goal attempts. The Panthers used the opportunity to get plenty of playing time for the whole team, with all 17 players getting into the game.
The highlight of the evening for Daniel Webster came early in the second half, when senior Erin Moseley (Sterling, Mass.) converted a free throw for her 1,000th career point. She becomes the fifth player in school history to reach the milestone. Moseley led the Hawks with 13 points on the evening.
Moseley scored the first bucket of the game for the visitors, but PSU scored the next 11 points and never looked back. It was a 22-point game (31-9) with seven minutes to play in the first half, and a 43-14 game at halftime. The Eagles were unable to mount a challenge in the second half.
Other strong performances from the Panthers came from senior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H./Concord), who had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and freshman Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West), who contributed eight points and seven boards in 14 minutes in her collegiate debut.
Plymouth State shot 43.5 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three-point range while holding the Eagles to a 17 percent shooting clip. The Panthers also had a 56-37 advantage on the boards.
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