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Emerson nips PSU Women’s Basketball in season opener

Kania scores 1,000th career point for Panthers

              PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kathy Andrade (Hull, Mass.) put back a rebound with four seconds remaining Monday evening to give Emerson College a 66-64 victory over Plymouth State University in the women’s basketball season opener for both schools at Foley Gymnasium.

              Andrade finished with a double-double for the Lions, scoring a game-high 19 points and collecting a team-high 14 rebounds.  Sophomore Olivia DiNucci (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 15 points in the victory, and sophomore Amy Sherman (Toronto, Ont.) chipped in with 11.

Amanda Kania               Senior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) led the Panthers with a double-double of her own, scoring 13 points with a game-high 17 rebounds.  Junior Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) provided 15 points and eight boards and sophomore Colleen O’Hara (Otego, N.Y.) added 14 points.

              Kania (right) also reached a significant milestone for the Panthers, becoming the 10th player in the program’s history to score her 1,000th career point.  She reached the plateau on a layup midway through the second half.

              Emerson’s winning basket capped a wild finish to the game.  Andrade made the second of two free throws with 24 seconds remaining to put the Lions ahead by two, 64-62.  PSU freshman Kellie Walsh (Londonderry, N.H.) made two clutch free throws with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game at 64-all.

              Emerson brought the ball up court and missed its first shot, and Andrade grabbed the rebound and converted the winning basket with four seconds left.  PSU’s desperation shot at the buzzer fell short.

              PSU is back in action this weekend at the Wheaton College Tip-Off Tournament in Norton, Mass.; the Panthers will face Fitchburg State in Friday night’s opener at 8:00 p.m.  Emerson visits Wentworth on Thursday for a 7 o’clock match-up. 

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