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November 29, 2012

Salem State runs past PSU in women’s basketball

Bennett scores game-high 19 points for Panthers

            SALEM, Mass. – Salem State University shot nearly 50 percent from the field Thursday night and defeated Plymouth State University, 80-56, in a non-conference women's basketball game at the O'Keefe Center.

            Bridget Dullea (Peabody, Mass.) tallied a team-high 17 points as the Lady Vikings improved to 4-2 on the season. Dullea shot 7-of-12 from the field and handed out seven assists. Ashley White (Salem, Mass.) added 16 points, and Rachael Carter (Merrimack, NH) finished with 10 points, nine assists and three steals.

            Plymouth State (1-4) was led by freshman Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.), who had a game- and season-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Senior Katie Seraikas (Concord, N.H./Bow) added 13 points and was the only other Panther to score in double figures.

            The Vikings had the hot hand from the start, as they jumped out to a big early lead. White had nine points during a 15-2 burst that staked SSU to s 21-6 advantage less than seven minutes into the contest. The Vikings steadily built the lead and entered the halftime locker room ahead 46-25.

            Salem State spent most of the second half ahead by 30 or more points, with their biggest advantage coming at 35, 73-38, as Bri-Ana Johnson (Stonington, CT) hit a jumper with 9:13 remaining. The Vikings cruised from there for their largest win of the season.

            Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play Saturday at Rhode Island College, while Salem State hosts Trinity (Conn.) College Saturday in a non-conference game. 

(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information) 

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