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PSU Women’s Basketball gets past UMaine Farmington

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) combined for 46 points and 20 rebounds Thursday night as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Maine Farmington in overtime, 80-72, in a non-conference women's basketball contest at Foley Gymnasium.

              Kania scored a career-high 25 points and collected a season-high 13 rebounds to post her second double-double of the season, while Kent put up her second straight 21-point performance, scoring nine points from the free throw line.  Senior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) chipped in with 13 points as the Panthers won their second straight to improve to 8-3 overall.

              The Beavers got a combined 39 points, including five three-pointers, from junior Caitlyn Laflin (Farmingdale, Maine) and sophomore Ashley Busque (Belgrade, Maine).  Laflin scored a team-high 20 points while Busque added 19, including three baskets from three-point range.  UMF dropped its fifth straight and slid to 3-8.

              The visitors led by singles digits most of the first half, and extended the advantage to 10 points (34-24) with two minutes remaining.  PSU came back to cut the margin to six points at the break, 36-30.

              PSU outscored the Beavers 10-4 to open the second half and knot the score at 40-40.  It stayed a one-possession game the next six minutes before the Panthers started pulling away.  PSU had a seven-point lead with seven minutes remaining, but UMF hung tough and came back to tie the game for the 10th time, 65-65, with just under three minutes to play.

              The teams traded baskets, and UMF had two chances at a potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds, but the game went to overtime tied at 67-all.

              UMF went ahead by three points, 72-69, with three minutes left in the overtime session but didn't score again as the Panthers rattled off 11 unanswered points to end the game.  Kent had six points in the run to lead the way for the winners.

              PSU returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday with a visit to Rhode Island College for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.  UMF returns to the court on Tuesday at Maine Maritime (5:30 p.m.) 

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