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November 29, 2007

Salem State cruises past PSU Women’s Basketball

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Michelle Gosselin (Underhill Center, Vt.) scored a game-high 20 points and sophomore Danielle Jenkins (Marlborough, Mass.) and junior Lauren Wholley (Danvers, Mass.) each recorded double-doubles Tuesday evening as Salem State College defeated Plymouth State University, 65-33, in non-conference women's basketball at Foley Gymnasium.

            The victory also marked career win #600 for Salem State's 27th-year head coach Tim Shea, just the fourth coach in NCAA Division III women's basketball history to reach the milestone.  Coach Shea now has a career mark of 600-143.

            Freshman Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) continued her strong play for the Panthers, scoring a team-high 13 points and grabbing six rebounds.  Senior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) pulled down 11 boards for the Panthers but scored just two points.

            Gosselin was on fire from the outside for the visitors, hitting six three-pointers in 10 attempts, including 5-of-7 in the first half.  Jenkins finished with 10 points and 10 boards, while Wholley contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.

            Plymouth State kept the game close much of the first half, as the Vikings led by just six points (24-18) with four minutes to play. An 11-2 run to close out the half gave Salem State a 35-20 advantage at the break.

            Salem State pulled away quickly to start the second half, outscoring the Panthers 14-2 to take a 27-point advantage.  PSU had no luck all night trying to stay in the game with three-point shots, converting just one of 22 attempts from beyond the arc, 0-for-10 in the second half.

            PSU, 3-2, opens Little East Conference play Saturday at Foley Gymnasium against Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.).  Salem State, 4-0, looks to remain unbeaten Saturday at home against Clark University (1:00 p.m.)

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