PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) scored a team-high 12 points and junior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) added a double-double Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University's women's basketball team defeated Castleton State College, 54-49, in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
Kania converted 5-of-11 from the floor, including a pair of three-point baskets, to lead the winners, while Morin made 5-of-9 field goal attempts from the floor for 10 points while collecting a game-high 10 rebounds. The win pushed PSU to a 3-0 start to the season, while Castleton State dropped to 1-2.
Junior Mary Nienow (Middlebury, Vt.) led the visitors with 14 points and seven rebounds, including three baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Classmate LeeAnne Ketchen (Brookline, N.H.) added 11 points and junior Jess Banks (Milford, Conn.) chipped in with six points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Plymouth State took early control of the game, surging to a 17-5 lead five minutes into the contest. The Spartans responded with eight consecutive points to whittle the margin down to four (17-13), but PSU answered with a 17-8 run to get the lead back up to 13 points (34-21) with four minutes to play in the half. CSC came back again with the final 11 points of the half to make it a 34-32 PSU lead at the intermission.
There were four lead changes in the first nine minutes of the second half, and the game was tied 43-43 with 11 minutes to play. PSU outscored the Spartans 9-2 over the next six minutes to pull ahead by seven, but again Castleton State would not go away. They got to within three points (52-49) in the final minute, but the Panthers made a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Both teams take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will return to action next Tuesday with non-conference in-state encounters. PSU will visit Granite State rival Colby-Sawyer College (7:00 p.m.) and Castleton State travels to Green Mountain foe Middlebury (5:30 p.m.)
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