KEENE, N.H. - Senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) scored 18 of her game-high 22 points at the free throw line Saturday afternoon as sixth-seeded Plymouth State University knocked off second-seeded Regis College in the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Tournament being held at Keene State College.
The Panthers, 17-10, advance to Sunday's championship game at 1:00 p.m. against top-seeded Keene State, 19-9. The Owls earned their berth in the title game with a 56-49 victory over fourth-seeded WPI. PSU also pulled an upset in the first round on Wednesday with a 70-59 win over third-seeded Endicott College.
Kent finished with a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to her 22 points. Junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) added 17 points and seven rebounds, sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) finished with 13 points and nine boards, and senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
Sophomore Caitlin Luquet (Walnut Creek, Calif.) led the Pride with 12 points after making all four of her three-point attempts. Three other players finished with nine points, senior Jessica Page (Quincy, Mass.), sophomore Meagan Tobin (Quincy, Mass.), and junior Sarah McNult (Hampstead, N.H.), who also collected a game-high 14 rebounds.
Regis controlled the game early on, pulling out to a 10-point lead midway through the first half. PSU answered with nine straight points to pull to within a point with nine minutes remaining. The Panthers took their first lead with 2:31 to play and finished the half with a one-point advantage, 35-34.
Plymouth State maintained a small lead the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Regis hung tough and battled back to regain the lead, 49-48, with 10 minutes to play. Kent made 10 straight free throws as the Panthers took the lead for good with six minutes to play and pulled away to the win, and Kania added a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to help seal the win. The Panthers dominated the rebounding department by a 53-34 count.
The championship game will be the third meeting this season between the Panthers and Owls. PSU won the first game in Plymouth in January, 62-59, and KSC took second game in Keene in February, 66-48.
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