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December 1, 2011

Salem State downs PSU Women’s Basketball

Walker pours in career-high 25 points for Panthers

              PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Salem State University players recorded double-doubles Thursday evening as the Vikings defeated Plymouth State University, 79-70, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gym.

              The outcome stopped PSU's three-game winning streak over the Lady Vikings.  Salem State rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to pull out the win, improving to 2-3 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 1-5.

              Freshman Rachael Carter and senior Breanna Comeau led the way for the Vikings, Carter with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Comeau with 19 points and 12 boards.  Sophomore Ginny Fleming added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Tara Driscoll chipped in with 11 points.

              The setback spoiled an outstanding performance from PSU sophomore Sammie Walker, who came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting.  Junior Colleen O'Hara scored 15 points for the Panthers before fouling out, and junior Katie Seraikas posted a double-double of her own with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

              Plymouth State came out on fire and took an 11-point lead (17-6) less than five minutes into the game.  The Vikings battled back to pull to within one point (23-22) with seven minutes remaining before the Panthers closed out the half with a 36-28 lead.

              Salem State pulled even (38-all) three minutes into the second half, and the two teams went back and forth over the next seven minutes.  It was a two-point Viking lead (56-54) at the midway point of the half when Salem pulled away to an 11-point margin with five minutes to play.  PSU got to within five points with three minutes remaining, but the Vikings held on for the win.

              PSU opens Little East Conference play this Saturday, hosting preseason favorite Rhode Island College.  Salem State faces Trinity College Saturday in Hartford, Conn.  

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