CASTLETON, Vt. - Junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the second half Tuesday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 60-44 victory over Castleton State College in a non-conference women's basketball game at Castleton's new Glenbrook Gymnasium.
The Panthers collect their fourth victory in as many tries to start the season, marking the best start to a campaign since the 2001-02 team opened with a 7-0 record. Castleton is now 3-2.
Kent recorded the majority of her 19 points from the free throw line as she converted 13-of-13 attempts. Plymouth State also got 17 points from sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, and 15 points from freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central). Junior guard Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) contributed six assists and a team-high seven rebounds but came up empty in the scoring column.
Junior Laura Cary (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) and senior Jess Banks (Milford, Conn.) paced the Spartans effort, Cary with 13 points and Banks with 12.
Castleton jumped out to a 13-4 lead over the first 6:30 of play.
Plymouth State trailed 15-8
with 10:28 remaining, before going on a 23-4 run over the next 7:40 to take a 31-19 lead. Doucet and Kania keyed the Panther run off the bench, combining for 16 points, including 4-for-4 from beyond
the arc. Banks scored the final seven points of the half to help Castleton close to within 31-26 at halftime.
The second half belonged to Kent and the Panther defense, as Plymouth State was able to hold the Spartans to just 18 second half points on 7-for-24 shooting. PSU pulled away to a double-digit lead in the first four minutes, 37-27, and led by 17 points (48-31) at the midway point before coasting home with the win.
Both teams return to action next Tuesday, Dec. 2, with home games
against non-conference in-state rivals, as Castleton hosts
Middlebury and PSU entertains Colby-Sawyer in the home opener at
Foley Gymnasium (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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