Panthers fall to in-state rivals; Senior Day set for Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Christan Wojtas (Amherst, N.H.) scored a game-high 20 points Tuesday evening to lead Keene State College to a 64-39 victory over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
Wojtas scored 17 of her points in the first half as the visitors built up a 37-22 advantage at the intermission. She made 6-of-8 field goal attempts, including 5-of-6 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes. Sophomore Amanda Petrow (Methuen, Mass.) added 10 of her 12 points in the first half for the Owls, converting 4-of-6 shots and 2-of-3 from long range, while sophomore Sarah Kober (Easthampton, Mass.) made 6-of-7 shots in the second half to finish with 14 points on the evening.
The Owls have won five of their last six games to improve to 15-9 overall and 7-6 in the Little East, while PSU dropped to 6-18 overall and winless in 13 league games.
The Panthers were led by sophomore Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.), who scored nine points, while junior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) tallied seven points off the bench and senior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) collected a game-high eight rebounds.
Wojtas hit a pair of threes to open the scoring, and the Owls never looked back. Lawrence scored five points for PSU early on to keep the Panthers in the game, but Keene State extended its margin to double digits (17-6) after a pair of buckets by Petrow with 12 minutes on the clock.
PSU was still within 10 points with three minutes to go in the half after a pair of free throws and a basketball by Perry, but Wojtas hit two more threes to help the Owls to the 15-point margin at the break.
Keene State pulled away to a 21-point lead (47-26) with 12:30 to play in the second half, and the Owls coasted home the rest of the way.
Both teams wrap up the regular season on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., with PSU hosting Rhode Island College on Senior Day at Foley Gym and KSC visiting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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