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January 12, 2008

PSU Women’s Basketball outlasts RIC in double overtime

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) hit the game-winning three-point basket with 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University outlasted Rhode Island College, 85-82, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

            Morin, who broke an 82-all tie with the three-pointer from the top of the key, led the Panthers with 23 points, making 10-of-20 field goal attempts in the game.  She also finished with six rebounds and four assists.  Freshman Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) added her second double-double of the season, contributing 20 points and 10 rebounds.

            Also reaching double digits in the scoring department for PSU were senior Meg MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) with 14 points and seven assists, and sophomore Karly Gray (Southampton, Mass.) with 13 points.  Senior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) collected a game-high 14 rebounds.

            The outcome spoiled a strong performance by RIC sophomore Jennifer Knott (Narragansett, R.I.), who made 9-of-10 shot attempts and finished with a team-high 23 points.  Senior Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, Mass.) added 15 points and seven assists, and junior Michelle MaNamee (Cranston, R.I.) chipped in with 12 points off the bench.

            PSU picked up its first LEC win of the season, improving to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while RIC dipped to 7-5 and 1-2.

            It was a close game the entire 50 minutes.  The were eight lead changes and seven ties in the first half, with PSU's biggest lead a 19-13 advantage with eight minutes remaining, and RIC's largest margin at halftime, 29-26.  There were six more lead changes and seven ties in the second half, with neither team leading by more than five points, and it was deadlocked at 67-67 at the end of regulation.

            RIC held the lead most of the first overtime but not by more than one possession.  Kania forced a second extra session by making a clutch free throw with three seconds on the clock.

            It was still anyone's game in the second overtime, with each team taking a lead.  RIC trailed by three when sophomore Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, R.I.) drained a three-pointer to tie the game at 82-82 with 1:27 to play.  After a PSU time-out with 27 seconds to play, Morin made the key shot to win it for the Panthers, and RIC couldn't get the tying basket in the final 10 seconds.

            Both teams are back in action Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with LEC contests, PSU visiting UMass Boston and RIC traveling to league-leading Southern Maine.

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