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December 3, 2011

PSU Women’s Basketball overpowered by RIC

Panthers fall to preseason favorites

              PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Rachel Riley scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday afternoon as Rhode Island College defeated Plymouth State University, 84-55, in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both schools at Foley Gym.

              Riley connected of 12-of-14 shots from the field for 27 points in 27 minutes of action.  Classmate Cynthia Gaudet added 20 points, including 9-of-9 from the free throw line.  RIC, the preseason favorite to capture the LEC crown, improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while PSU drops to 1-6 overall and 0-1 in the Little East.

              The Panthers were led by freshman Kaitlyn Deering, who scored 11 points off the bench, and senior Michaela Galvin, who chipped in with 10 points.

              The Anchorwomen came out of the gate strong and took a double-digit lead (11-1) less than six minutes into the game.  It was a 15-point margin (22-7) at the midway point of the half, and a 20-point game (44-24) at halftime.  A stifling RIC defense limited PSU to 22 percent shooting.

              Plymouth State came alive in the second half, whittling the deficit down to 12 points (55-43) with 13 minutes to play.  The Anchorwomen answered with a 13-5 burst to get the lead back up to 20 points, and PSU didn't threaten the rest of the way.

              RIC shot 54 percent for the game while holding PSU to a 26 percent clip.  The visitors also finished with a 46-39 advantage on the boards.

              The Panthers are back in action Thursday when they host Lyndon State College in a non-conference affair at Foley Gym.  RIC returns home to host Salve Regina University on Tuesday. 

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