GORHAM, Maine - Senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) poured in a game-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Monday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University Panthers to a 75-55 win over the University of Maine Presque Isle Owls in the second day of play at the USM New Year's Classic. The tournament is being played at the University of Southern Maine's Warren Hill Gymnasium.
The win was the third straight for the Panthers, and improves their overall mark to 10-1. The winless Owls dropped their eighth straight game.
Kent, a 6-foot forward, was near perfect converting 7-of-9 shots from the floor and 13 for 13 from the foul line. She got plenty of help from sophomore forward Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) who also had a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, and junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) contributed 13 points. Kent and Kania were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Junior Megan Korhonen (Littleton, Maine) was the lone UMPI player to reach double figures with 12 points. Freshman Emily Pelletier (Fort Kent, Maine) dropped in three three-pointers for nine points. Senior Kathy Kilfioil (Johnsville, N.B.) chipped in with eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Plymouth State held UMPI scoreless for the opening six minutes to build a 15-0 lead. Doucet, who opened the game with a three-point play, had seven points and Kent added four.
The Owls responded with a 14-6 run to pull within seven (21-14) with 8:24 to play in the half, and later got within five (29-24) on a basket by senior Mindy Sullivan (Lisbon, Maine). Kent and senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) scored the final six points of the half to give the Panthers a 35-24 edge at the break.
After a three-pointer by Korhonen to begin the second half, PSU rolled off a 15-4 run to take a 20-point lead (50-30) with 14:29 to play. UMPI would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Plymouth State finished the game shooting 37.7 percent from the floor (26 of 69) and a strong 83.3 percent from the foul line (20 for 24). PSU also had a 44-35 edge on the boards and forced 26 UMPI turnovers. UMPI shot 33.9 percent from the floor (20 for 59), including 41.7 percent (7 for 17) from beyond the three-point arc.
Plymouth State journeys to Farmington, Maine, to play the University of Maine Farmington on Thursday (7:00 p.m.). UMPI travels to Maine Maritime Academy on Friday (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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