Panthers fall to rival Owls
KEENE, N.H. – Senior Siobhan Carnell (Quincy, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points Tuesday evening as Keene State College defeated Plymouth State University, 63-31, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Spaulding Gym.
Carnell, who scored eight of her 18 points at the free throw line, was the only player in the game to score in double figures. The next highest scorers for the Owls were freshman Kelsey Cognetta (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore Christan Wojtas (Amherst, N.H.), and junior Carly Kiernan (Topsfield, Mass.) with eight points apiece.
Senior Katie Seraikas (Concord, N.H./Bow) led the Panthers with seven points and a game-high eight rebounds, while senior Kaylee Towle (Dover, N.H.) and freshman Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) added six points each.
As has been the case this year, PSU fell behind early and had trouble coming from behind. Keene State opened up a double-digit lead (12-1) just four minutes into the game. Towle hit a three-pointer and Bennett sank a pair of free throws to keep PSU within striking distance. Junior Krystin Corliss (Barnstead, N.H.) and Seraikas both hit key three-pointers later in the half but Keene State took a 30-16 lead into the break.
Keene State opened the second half with a 12-2 burst before Towle nailed her second three-pointer, but the Owl lead was more than 20 points and the home team coasted the rest of the way. The Owls were relentless on the boards, out-rebounding the Panthers 49-29.
Plymouth State travels to UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for an LEC contest, while Keene State plays Thursday at Lasell in a non-conference affair (7:00 p.m.)
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