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February 4, 2014

Norwich pulls away from PSU Women’s Basketball

Second-half Panther rally falls short; Balanced scoring for PSU

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Aliah Curry (Windsor, Mass.) poured in a game-high 29 points Tuesday evening to lead Norwich University to a 61-50 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

            Curry, who came into the game averaging 21.2 points per game, made 7-of-17 field goal attempts but did much of her damage at the free throw line, where she converted 14-of-17 shots. She was the only Cadet to reach double figures, as freshman Heather LeBlanc (Sanford, Maine) was the next leading scorer with nine points. Senior Erin Clark (Newbury, Vt.) chipped in with six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

            The Panthers had a balanced scoring attack with three players scoring in double figures. Sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, including 11 in the second half, while senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) and freshman Rosalie Edmonds (Goffstown, N.H.) scored 10 points apiece. Freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) added nine points in the setback, all in the first half.

            PSU got off to a strong start and led the first 10 minutes of the game.  The Panthers held a 23-20 advantage with five minutes to go in the half, but Norwich outscored the home team 11-0 over the last five minutes to take a 31-23 lead into the locker room.  Clark made a pair of lay-ups and Curry scored seven points in the Cadet rally, including a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining. Curry led the way with 16 points in the first half.

            Both teams struggled early in the second half, each missing their first six shots. Norwich controlled the lead the first 10 minutes, stretching the margin to nine points (38-29) with 12:35 to play and up to 11 points (42-31) with 10 minutes to go.

            But PSU would not go quietly, and the Panthers scored seven unanswered points on a three-pointer by Edmonds and a pair of jumpers by Lawrence. PSU whittled the margin down to three points (49-46) with 4:30 to play and again (51-48) with 2:48 on the clock.

            Norwich clinched the game by making free throws down the stretch. The Cadets missed their last five field goal attempts but went 12-of-16 from the line in the final four minutes, including 9-of-12 by Curry.

            PSU (2-16) returns to Little East Conference play Saturday with a visit to Western Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.) Norwich (10-9) gets back to Great Northeast Athletic Conference competition Thursday with a visit to the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) 

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