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Keene State holds off PSU Women’s Basketball

Lawrence, Corliss, Perry score in double figures for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Christan Wojtas (Amherst, N.H.) scored a game-high 18 points Tuesday evening as Keene State College held off Plymouth State University, 60-57, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

            The score was tied three times in the final five minutes before Keene State pulled out the win. The final deadlock was at 52-all with 2:46 remaining. Sophomore Kelsey Cognetta (Stamford, Conn.) hit a lay-up out of a time-out and Ryanne Williams (Norwell, Mass.) drained a pair of free throws to put the Owls up by four with a minute to go.

            Freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) made one-of-two free throws for PSU to make it a one-possession game (56-53), but senior Carly Kiernan (Topsfield, Mass.) made a lay-up for Keene with 23 seconds left to push the lead to five. PSU junior Kristen Hrubowchak (Litchfield, N.H.) sank one free throw and Cognetta added a pair for the Owls before PSU sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) connected on a three-pointer with two seconds left to account for the final score.

            Wojtas converted 7-of-15 from the field for Keene State, making four three-pointers.  Kiernan finished with 15 points and Cognetta added 11.  Wojtas, Kiernan and freshman Stephanie D'Annolfo (Tyngsborough, Mass.) collected six rebounds apiece as Keene State had a 42-35 advantage on the glass.

            Lawrence topped the home team with 16 points, while senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) added 12 points and Perry chipped in with 11.  Lawrence, Corliss and Perry all connected on three buckets from three-point land.  Junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) added seven points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

            The game was close the entire way. Keene State jumped to an early seven-point lead, but PSU came back to tie the score at 14-14 with 12 minutes to go in the first half and it was a two-possession game the rest of the way. The lead changes six times in the first half alone, with the Owls holding a 28-27 lead at the break.

            Keene's stretched its lead to six points (41-35) with 14:20 remaining in the second half, but PSU went on a 12-5 run to take a 47-46 lead.  Lawrence and Corliss each hit key three-pointers in the rally. The teams traded baskets until it was tied at 52-all, setting up the dramatic finish.

            PSU (2-14, 1-7) is back in action with a Little East game Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Eastern Connecticut State University. KSC (10-7, 3-5) returns home to host Daniel Webster College Thursday in a non-conference match-up (7:00 p.m.)

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