PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) scored a game-high 21 points and collected seven rebounds Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University's women's basketball team returned from the winter break with a 67-44 victory over Johnson & Wales University in non-conference action at Foley Gymnasium.
Kent made 6-of-7 field goal attempts and 9-of-10 from the free throw line, one of four Panthers to score at least 10 points. She tallied 15 points in the first half as the Panthers took a double-digit lead and never looked back. PSU improved to 7-3 on the season, while JWU dropped to 5-7.
Freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) added 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds to the Panther cause, and sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) and junior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) contributed 10 points apiece. Junior Gretchen Fritch (South Boston, Mass.) grabbed eight rebounds and Kent and Judd seven each as the Panthers finished with a 60-46 advantage on the boards.
Junior Alexia Ramirez (San Marcos, Calif.) led the visitors with 10 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. The Wildcats struggled in the shooting department, converting just 17 percent from the field in the game.
PSU opened the game by taking a 13-1 lead in the first five minutes. The Panthers maintained the double-digit margin the rest of the first half and held a 37-22 advantage at the intermission. The lead ballooned to 20 points early in the second half and JWU never challenged the rest of the way. All 12 Panthers in uniform played at least seven minutes.
PSU plays another non-conference home game on Thursday against the University of Maine Farmington (4:00 p.m.) Johnson & Wales travels to Connecticut College on Tuesday for a non-conference tilt (8:00 p.m.)
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