Lewis, Collins and Caron pace Panthers in LEC loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jordyn Nappi (Southington, Conn.) scored a game-high 14 points off the bench to lead Eastern Connecticut State University past Plymouth State University, 78-49, in Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.
Nappi finished 5-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from long range, keeping the Warriors (13-6, 7-2 LEC) one game behind LEC-leading University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Junior Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, Mass.) added 13 points (6-of-12 shooting), eight rebounds, three assists and four steals, while senior Kristina Forsman (Newington, Conn.) added 11 points. Classmate Taylor McBride (Willimantic, Conn.) also had a solid game, adding eight points, four assists and six steals, and junior Erin Brooks (Billerica, Mass.) was the fourth Warrior in double-figures with 11 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Plymouth State was led by senior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.), who finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Classmate Kelley Collins (Groveton, N.H.) added nine points and six rebounds, while freshman Elisabeth Caron (Londonderry, N.H.) added nine points and four rebounds.
The two teams played even over the first five minutes, and PSU trailed 6-5 after Collins connected on one-of-two free throws with 14:36 left in the opening frame. ECSU used a quick 10-0 run, spanning one minute, with Nappi scoring six of the Warriors points on a layup, free throw and three-pointer to cap the run. Plymouth chipped away, and a triple from sophomore Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) brought the Panthers within two, 18-16, at the midway point of the first half.
ECSU responded with a 9-0 spurt, taking a 27-16 lead with five minutes remaining in the half. A three from sophomore Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) stopped the run, but ECSU outscored the Panthers 10-5 the rest of the way for a 37-24 halftime lead.
Plymouth cut the lead to 11 twice in the early minutes of the second half, the last time on a layup by Lewis two minutes in. A three from Nappi pushed the lead to 21, 53-32, with just under 13 minutes to play, and the Warriors maintained control the rest of the way.
The Panthers tried to get back into the game, using a 7-0 run midway through the half to cut the lead to 18 points, at 58-39. Lewis hit a deep jumper, followed by a three from Collins and a steal and layup by Caron, but Ritrosky stopped the run with a layup, sparking a 7-0 ECSU run. Ritrosky had five points in the span.
Plymouth State (6-12, 0-9 LEC) will take a brief break from LEC action next week, as the Panthers travel to Norwich for a 7:00 p.m. game on Tuesday. ECSU is also in action on Tuesday, playing host to in-state rival Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m.
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