O'Hara tops Panthers with 13 points and eight rebounds
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Shannon McCourt and Kristina Forsman combined to score 48 points Saturday afternoon, leading Eastern Connecticut State University past Plymouth State University, 73-58, in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
McCourt registered a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds to go along with her game-high 28 points while classmate Forsman added 20 points for the visiting Warriors. ESCU improves to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the Little East, while Plymouth State falls to 2-9 and 0-3.
With her team leading by nine points at the break, 29-20, McCourt broke the game open with a scoring burst to start the second session. The first-year player recorded six points in the first 65 seconds after the intermission, widening the gap to 15 points before the Panthers could answer.
ECSU maintained the double-digit advantage for much of the second half; however the Panthers did claw back to within eight, 59-51, following a pair of free throws by Katie Seraikas. PSU went on a 12-4 run with under 10 minutes left, but McCourt sealed the Warriors fate by draining four straight free throws down the stretch.
Junior Samantha Riccio added nine points and seven assists for the winners, while freshman backcourt mate Taylor McBride chipped in with six points and matched Riccio with seven assists. Senior Jaymie Sommers hauled in 13 rebounds for the Warriors.
Plymouth State, which had a trio of players in double figures, was led by junior Colleen O'Hara who had 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior Kellie Walsh and senior Michaela Galvin had 11 and 10 points respectively while Seraikas added six points and had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Both teams are back in LEC action on Tuesday with Plymouth State traveling to UMass Boston while ESCU goes on the road to face UMass Dartmouth.
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