PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) and sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) combined for 48 points and 25 rebounds Sunday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's basketball team tipped off the 2009-10 season with a 72-51 decision over Johnson & Wales University in a non-conference contest at the Harborside Recreation Center.
Kent led the way for Plymouth State with a double-double, recording 25 points and 15 rebounds while Doucet added 23 points and nine boards for the Panthers in the victory. Kent made 12-of-17 from the field and Doucet was 9-of 18, and they helped PSU out-rebound JWU. 58-44.
Johnson & Wales senior Jennifer Moxley (Lakewood, Wash.) tallied a team-best 14 points and three rebounds while freshman Katurah Andrews (Hartford, Conn.) added 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Senior Alexia Ramirez (San Marcos, Calif.) had a team-high 13 boards to go with eight points and five blocks in the loss for the Wildcats.
Plymouth State jumped out to the early lead and held a 12-4 advantage after a layup by junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) with 13:38 left in the first half. Johnson & Wales responded with an 8-3 run, capped by a pair of free throws by freshman Allyson Dowen (Burlington, Vt.) with 7:49 remaining. That would be as close as the Wildcats would get in the first half, however as Plymouth State headed into the locker room with a 32-21 lead.
The two teams battled back and forth in the early stages of the second half with the Panthers holding a 40-31 lead with 13:06 left in the contest. PSU then used a 12-5 run, capped by a three-pointer by sophomore Michaela Galvin (Windham, N.H.) to take the 52-36 lead en route to the 72-51 victory.
The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Salve Regina in a non-conference contest at 7:00 p.m. PSU will compete in the Maine Maritime Tournament this weekend in Castine, Maine, facing Rivier College in the opener Friday at 6:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Johnson & Wales Sports Information)
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