PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University's powerful front line of sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central), junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) and senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) combined for 56 points and 26 rebounds Wednesday evening as the sixth-seeded Panthers upset third-seeded Endicott College, 70-59, in the opening round of the ECAC Division III New England Women's Basketball Tournament at Foley Gymnasium.
Doucet led the way with a double-double, scoring a game-high 22 points and pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds. Kania contributed 19 points and nine boards and Kent chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) also added eight points and eight steals. PSU improves to 16-10 overall, recording its first post-season victory since winning the ECAC Championship in 2003. Endicott ends its season with a 19-8 mark.
The Panthers move on to the semifinals, and will play second-seeded Regis College this Saturday at top-seeded Keene State College. Regis advanced with a 63-53 decision over seventh-seeded Worcester State on Wednesday evening. The ECAC title game is set for Sunday at Keene State.
Junior Ashley Wright (Merrimack, N.H.) led the way for the Gulls, scoring 17 points after hitting five three-point shots. Senior Ceciley Chisholm (Lexington, Mass.) contributed 12 points for Endicott, making all three shots she took and converting 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Plymouth State never trailed in the game and held a double-digit lead most of the game. It was a 13-3 Panther advantage before the game was five minutes old, and PSU got the lead up to 18 points, 33-15, with just under eight minutes to play in the first half. The Panthers maintained the 18-point margin at halftime, 37-19.
Endicott chipped away at the deficit in the second half, getting the margin under 10 points (44-35) with 12 and a half minutes on the clock. The Gulls were within five points, 49-44, with nine minutes to play, but PSU answered with a 7-1 run to get the margin back up to double figures, 56-45. Endicott closed to within eight points with less than two minutes remaining, but the clock ran out of the comeback attempt.
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