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February 21, 2009

PSU Women’s Basketball outlasts UMass Dartmouth in OT

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) and junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) each posted double-doubles Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women's basketball team to a 68-59 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the regular season finale for both schools at Foley Gymnasium.

              The Panthers trailed the first 35 minutes of the game and were down by 13 points with 8:45 to play before staging a furious comeback. PSU went on a 13-1 run in less than three minutes, taking its first lead of the day, 46-45, with five minutes remaining.  The Corsairs put together a rally of their own, coming from four points down with a minute to play and sending the game into overtime with a dramatic three-point basket at the buzzer at the end of regulation.

              UMD tallied the first four points of overtime in the first 30 seconds, but never scored again.  PSU regrouped and scored 13 unanswered points to close out the game. The Panthers were 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the extra session.  The Corsairs, who dressed only six players, played the final two minutes of overtime with just four players after their second player fouled out.

              PSU completes the regular season with a 16-9 overall record, its best mark since 2002-03, while finishing in fifth place in the LEC with a 6-8 mark.  UMD suffered its 11th straight setback and completes the regular season at 3-22 overall and 0-14 in the LEC.

              Doucet scored a game-high 20 points and matched her season-high with 13 rebounds, posting her third double-double of the season, while Kent contributed 14 points and a career-high 15 boards for third double-double of the season.  Senior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) also hit double digits for the Panthers, scoring 17 points to close out her home career.

              Senior Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, Mass.) led the Corsairs with 19 points, converting five three-point baskets.  Junior Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, Mass.) added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and senior Madison Malloy (Cranston, R.I.) and freshman Rayven Tillman (Plymouth, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points apiece.

              UMD led the entire first half, jumping out to a 10-3 lead and maintaining the advantage.  The Corsair lead got up to nine points at halftime when Andruszkiewicz hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, three of her 13 first-half points.

              The Corsairs extended the margin to 13 points (44-31) with 8:45 on the clock, when PSU started its comeback.  The Panthers appeared to have the game under control with a four-point lead with just over a minute to play, but Andruskiewicz hit a three-pointer to cut the margin to one, and after a pair of Panther free throws, Ashmeade sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer.

              Plymouth State will be the fifth seed in next week's conference tournament and will travel to fourth-seeded Keene State for Tuesday's first-round game, while eighth-seeded UMD will pay a visit to top-seeded and regular season champion Eastern Connecticut for Tuesday's tournament opener.

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