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PSU Women’s Basketball drops LEC opener to UMD

Miller tops Panthers in scoring in conference setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) scored a career-high 21 points Saturday afternoon in Foley Gymnasium to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to an 83-46 victory over Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both schools.

            Kutil converted 9-of-12 shots off the Corsairs bench, while also collecting six rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, converting 8-of-13 shots, while junior Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) and senior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) netted 13 and 10 points, respectively.

            Sophomore Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) topped the home team with 10 points, while sophomore Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) and senior Kelley Collins (Groveton, N.H.) added seven point each. Senior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) reached double figures in rebounds for PSU, collecting 10 boards.

            UMass Dartmouth went on a 16-5 run early in the first half to open up a double-digit lead, 18-8.  PSU senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) hit a three-point shot and Collins and sophomore Lindsy Poulin (Goffstown, N.H.) added buckets to help PSU whittle the margin down to three points. UMD responded with a 13-2 burst to push the lead back up to 14 points, 34-20, before heading into the break with a 37-22 advantage.

            The Corsairs extended their lead to 20 points in the first two minutes of the second half and PSU didn't challenge the rest of the way.

            PSU (3-4 overall, 0-1 LEC) plays again on Tuesday with a non-conference game at Lasell (7:00 p.m.). UMass Dartmouth (7-1, 1-0 LEC) returns to action on Tuesday when the Corsairs travel to Johnson & Wales to close out the first semester of action. 

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