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PSU Women’s Basketball upended by Castleton

Edmonds tosses in 12 points to lead Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Castleton State College used a balanced offensive attack Tuesday evening to spoil the home opener for Plymouth State University's women's basketball team, defeating the Panthers, 64-32, in non-conference action at Foley Gymnasium.

            Senior Liz Douglass (Rutland, Vt.) scored a team-high 12 points to lead the Spartans while classmates Heather Murdough (Hillsboro, N.H.) and Alyssa Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) added 10 points apiece.  Murdough recorded a double-double, also reaching double figures with a game-high 11 rebounds.  Junior Meaghan O'Sullivan (North Merrick, N.Y.) and senior Shelby LaBarge (St. Albans, Vt.) chipped in with eight points apiece.

            Freshman Rosalie Edmonds (Goffstown, N.H.) led the Panthers with 12 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (6-of-12).  Junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) and sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) were the next high scorers for PSU with four points apiece.

            The Panthers got off to a slow start, missing their first seven shots.  PSU stayed cold the first eight minutes and fell behind, 21-2.  Plymouth State pulled itself together and held its own the rest of the half, outscoring Castleton 13-11 over the final 12 minutes.  The visitors took a32-15 advantage into the break.

            Castleton hit four free throws to start the second half, pushing the margin over 20 points.  The Panthers continued to play hard and made things difficult for the Spartans, but got no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

            PSU played solid defense, holding Castleton to a 34.2 percent shooting from the field. The Panthers were without leading scorer Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine), who was on the sideline nursing an injury.

            Plymouth State, 0-4, is back in action next Tuesday, Dec. 2, with a non-conference game at in-state rival Colby-Sawyer College (5:30 p.m.).  Castleton, 3-1, plays a non-conference game next Tuesday at Middlebury.

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