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December 14, 2013

Lasell holds off PSU Women’s Basketball

Corliss tosses in career-high 34 points for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Lasell College spoiled an outstanding performance by Plymouth State University senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) Saturday afternoon as the Lasers handed the Panthers a 64-59 defeat in non-conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

            Corliss scored a career-high 34 points for the Panthers, making 13-of-25 shots, including 6-of-11 from three-point range.  She also handed out a game-high six assists, made three steals and collected four rebounds but couldn't help PSU record its first win of the season (0-8). Corliss' previous career high was a 30-point effort against Emerson College a year ago nearly to the day (12/11/12).

            Junior Alexis Chappell (Springfield, Mass.) had a strong game for the Lasers (6-5), recording a double-double with team-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 7-of-10 shots from the field.  Sophomore Molly Lauver (Cambridge, N.Y.) provided support with 12 points, junior Danielle Autencio (Montville, Conn.) added 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and senior Kayla Vincelette (Westport, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points.

            There were six lead changes in the first half as the teams battled back and forth. PSU held a three-point lead, 25-22, with 3:38 to go in the half, but Lasell scored nine unanswered points to close out the half with a 31-25 advantage.  Corliss had 13 points for PSU at the break, while Chappell scored 11 for the Lasers.

            The home team never took the lead in the second half but battled back to tie the game twice, 33-all with 15:43 to play and 47-apiece with 6:25 on the clock.  Lasell erupted for a 13-3 spurt to open up its largest lead of the day, 60-50, with two minutes remaining.

            The Panthers would not quit and kept pushing. Sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) hit a jumper and Corliss added a two- and a three-pointer as PSU cut the deficit to three points with 35 seconds showing.  Lasell made four of six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

            Both teams now take a break for final exams and the holidays.  The Panthers are back in action on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston while the Lasers will visit Keene State on Thursday, Jan. 9.

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