Corliss, Lawrence top Panthers in LEC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Vandell Andrade (Providence, R.I.) and Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, R.I.) and senior Cara Paladino (Arlington, Mass.) combined to score 44 points Saturday afternoon as Rhode Island College defeated Plymouth State University, 71-41, in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
Andrade led all players with a double-double, scoring a game-high 16 points and pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds, converting 7-of-10 shots from the field. Paladino made 6-of-8 attempts to finish with 14 points and eight rebounds, while LeBlanc came off the bench to toss in 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including both three-point attempts. RIC won its fourth game in a row to improve to 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the Little East.
Plymouth State got 10 points apiece from senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) and freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.), while sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) chipped in with eight points off the bench. The Panthers, which had won two of their previous three, fell to 2-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
The Panthers held their own early on, leading 9-4 through the first eight minutes of the game and 11-10 with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Bennett had the hot hand for PSU with six points while freshman Rosalie Edmonds (Goffstown, N.H.) had four points.
The Anchorwomen heated up in the final eight minutes, though, outscoring the home team 18-6 over the final eight minutes to take a 28-17 lead into the locker room. Freshman Alex Moore (West Newbury, Mass.) hit a three and senior Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, R.I.) drained a pair from long range to spark the RIC rally
The Anchorwomen opened the second half with a 12-4 burst to open up a 19-point margin. Paladino scored eight of the 12 RIC points and Andrade added four. PSU got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Both teams continue Little East games on Tuesday as RIC visits Western Connecticut State University and PSU travels to the University of Southern Maine.
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