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February 10, 2009

Keene State soars past PSU Women’s Basketball

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              KEENE, N.H. - Junior guard Alyssa Sapp (Hartford, Vt.) scored 19 points Tuesday evening to lead the Keene State College women's basketball team to a 76-54 Little East Conference victory over rival Plymouth State University at Spaulding Gym.

              Winners of four straight, Keene State improves to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in the LEC, while Plymouth State falls to 14-8 and 4-7.  KSC, which defeated PSU 72-50 earlier this season in Plymouth, swept the season series between the two reams.

              Sapp hit eight of her nine shots from the field in her 19-point performance.  Junior Nicole Simmler (Oxford, Mass.) scored 17 points and senior Michele Boudreau (Readsboro, Vt.) finished with 11 points to join Sapp in double-figures.

            Sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H.) had a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Plymouth State, her fourth double-double of the season.

              Keene State's offense was running on all cylinders as it raced out to a 46-25 first-half lead.  Trailing 7-4, the Owls went on a 16-0 run to go up 20-7 on a basket by junior guard Kristin Degou (Newburyport, Mass.) at the 12:30 mark.  Later in the half, back-to-back lay-ups by Sapp and Boudreau pushed the Owls lead to 17 points (34-17).

              The Owls continued their strong play in the second half.  After a steal, Simmler made a three-point shot and Sapp followed with a lay-up to give KSC a 57-29 lead at the 16:30 mark of the half.  KSC coasted home the rest of the way

              Both teams have LEC road games on Saturday, the Owls travel to Western Conn. and the Panthers go to UMass-Boston. 

(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information) 

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