Kania leads PSU Women’s Basketball past Lyndon State

Panthers extend winning streak to seven

              LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Senior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) recorded her third 20-10 game in her last four outings Thursday evening as Plymouth State University posted its seventh straight victory, defeating Lyndon State College, 76-68, in non-conference women’s basketball action at Stannard Gymnasium.

              Kania scored a team-high 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers.  Three other starters also scored in double figures -- junior Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) with 13 points, junior Colleen O’Hara’s (Otego, N.Y.) with 12, and freshman Sammie Walker (Manchester, N.H./Central) with 11, as PSU improved to 7-1 overall.

              The Panther victory offset a terrific performance from Lyndon State’s Donna Lawson, who scored 34 points and collected 22 rebounds.  Naomi White also scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss as the Hornets dropped to 4-2.

              The home team was up by six points and the midway point of the first half when Plymouth State scored 13 unanswered points to take a seven-point advantage.  The Panthers also closed out the half with an 8-2 burst to take a 41-29 advantage into the locker room.

              The Panther margin reach 21 points (55-34) five minutes into the second half, but Lyndon State would not go quietly.  The Hornets battled back with 17 unanswered points to pull to within four, 55-51, with 8:30 remaining.  That was as close as they could come, and PSU held on for the eight-point victory.

              PSU wraps up the semester on Saturday with a Little East Conference game at Eastern Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.) 

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