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PSU Women’s Basketball knocks off Johnson & Wales

              PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) and senior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) both registered double-doubles Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women's basketball team to a 79-76 victory over Johnson & Wales University in a non-conference contest at the Harborside Recreation Center.

              Kania led the way for the Panthers with career-highs of 21 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Daniels contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds, her second straight double-double and fifth double-digit rebounding effort in the last six games.  PSU won its second straight to even its overall record at 5-5, while JWU drops to 2-6.

              Also reaching double figures in the scoring department for the Panthers was sophomore Karly Gray (Southampton, Mass.) with 16 points and junior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) with 10 points.  Senior Meg MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) contributed 10 assists. Plymouth State controlled the boards in the game, out rebounding JWU by a 62-38 margin.

              Junior Alyse Ragaglia (West Newbury, Mass.) led all scorers with 23 points for the Wildcats.  Sophomore Alexia Ramirez (San Marcos, Calif.) recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds.  Sophomore Maria Valetta (Greenville, R.I) also had a double-double for the Wildcats with 12 points and 12 boards.  Junior Johanna Santosuosso (Salem, N.H.) added 16 points and eight assists while sophomore Jeniphr Moxley (Lakewood, Wash.) chipped in with 10 points in the setback for JWU.

              Johnson & Wales jumped out to an early lead and held a 17-10 advantage with 9:27 left in the half.  Plymouth State responded, however and battled back to take a 23-22 lead with six mnutes on the clock.    The visiting Panthers held the lead for the remainder of the half until a basket with 0:05 left gave the Wildcats the 33-32 lead heading into the locker room.

              Plymouth State scored the first five points of the second half and took their largest lead of the game, a 37-33 advantage.  Johnson & Wales then used a 12-2 run to go ahead 45-39.  Plymouth State once again responded with an 8-2 run, tying the game at 47-47 with 13:59 remaining.  The visiting Panthers used an 11-5 run to take a 62-56 lead with 6:47 left in the game.  Plymouth led by as many as seven points, 69-62, before JWU tied the game for the final time, 69-69, with 2:52 left.

              PSU went on an 8-4 run and led 77-73 before a Wildcat three-pointer made the game 77-76 with less than two seconds on the clock.  After a pair of free throws by freshman Alex Marcell (Pittsford, Vt.), a potential game-tying three-pointer by Ragaglia bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer to give Plymouth State the 79-76 victory.

              The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 3 when they travel to WPI for a non-conference contest (5:30 p.m. )  PSU is back on the court on Thursday, Jan. 10, at UMaine Farmington (5:30 p.m.)

(Courtesy of Johnson & Wales Sports Information)

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