Panthers earn first win under Coach Stich
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H./Merrimack Valley) scored a career-high 23 points Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Elms College, 77-71, in the consolation game of the the Comfort Inn of Ashland Women's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament at Foley Gym. The outcome marked the first career victory for new PSU head coach Liz Stich.
Corliss converted 12-of-14 from the free throw line for more than half of her offensive output, while also collecting six rebounds and four steals for the Panthers (1-0). Senior Katie Seraikas (Concord, N.H.) added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, making 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Corliss and Seraikas were both represented on the All-Tournament Team. Freshman Hannah Andry (Melrose, Mass.) also finished with 16 points for PSU, making 6-of-10 shots from the floor.
Sophomore Denisha Parks (Fall River, Mass.) led Elms (0-2) with a team-high 19 points and a game-best 15 rebounds, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Senior Jen Normandie (Westford, Mass.) chipped in with 16 points and freshman Jenna Oyler (Metuchen, N.J.) contributed 15 points off the bench.
After playing to a 29-29 deadlock at halftime, the sides continued to battle back and forth in the second half. Neither team led by more than two points through the first nine minutes, the score was tied at 41-41 with just over 10 minutes to play.
The Panthers then went on a 23-8 run to build a lead of as many as 15 points (64-49) with 4:24 to play. Andry scored six points in the PSU run and Corliss added five. Elms got no closer than nine points until Oyler's three-pointer in the final seconds.
PSU is back on the court Tuesday with a non-conference affair at Castleton State College. The Blazers return to action on Monday at Anna Maria College.
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