PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) scored a game-high 16 points Thursday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 70-47 victory over Johnson State College in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers scored the first 16 points of the game and never looked back, rolling to their second straight victory. PSU improves to 12-3 on the season while the Badgers suffered their sixth consecutive setback and dip to 2-9 overall.
Kania made 6-of-10 field goal attempts and all four free throws to finish with 16 points in just 24 minutes of action. Four other Panthers finished with seven points apiece -- senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.), sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) and freshmen Meghan Sweeney (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) and Colleen O'Hara (Otego, N.Y.) All 11 Panthers in uniform played at least 12 minutes in the game and all but one scored at least four points.
Sophomore Andrea Deuell (Milton, Vt.) led the visitors with 14 points, converting 6-of-9 field goal attempts. Junior Christine Tatro (Eden, Vt.) chipped in with nine points and senior Claudia Martineau (Washington, Vt.) added eight; while freshman Jen Ferrari (Westfield, Mass.) collected a game-high eight rebounds.
PSU took the 16-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the contest, getting six points apiece from Kania and Doucet. The Panthers maintained the double digit margin throughout the first half, getting the lead up to 20 points (27-7) with eight minutes to play and allowing extra playing time for the PSU reserves.
Johnson State came to life in the second half and outscored the Panthers after the intermission, 34-29. The Badgers shots 52 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line in the second half after making just 13 percent from the floor and 46 percent from the line in the opening frame.
Both teams return to the court with home games on Saturday, PSU hosting Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference affair (1:00 p.m.) and JSC entertaining SUNY Canton in a non-conference tilt at 2:00 p.m.
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