Perry leads Panthers in season finale
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield, Conn.) led all scorers with 17 points as top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University advanced to the semifinal round of the Little East Conference Women's Basketball Tournament after defeating eighth-seeded Plymouth State University, 77-37, Tuesday night at Geissler Gymnasium.
Plymouth State wraps up the 2014-15 campaign with a 6-20 mark, a four-game improvement from last season. Eastern Connecticut (18-8) will host a semifinal game Friday night (TBA) against Keene State College.
Senior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) got the Panthers off to a quick start, hitting a jumper from the left elbow to give PSU a quick 2-0 lead. After an ECSU bucket, sophomore Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) pulled down an offensive rebound and drained a turnaround jumper in the lane for a 4-2 advantage after two minutes.
The Warriors responded with intense full-court pressure, sparking a 19-0 run. Junior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) hit a deep three from the right wing to end the run, but ECSU led 21-7 with 12:08 left in the half. ECSU followed with another prolonged run, scoring 16 of the next 18 points to pull ahead 37-9 with 7:42 before intermission.
Sophomore Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) buried a triple to end the run, but ECSU remained in control. A three-pointer from the right wing by senior Kristina Forsman (Newington, Conn.) gave the Warriors a 44-14 halftime lead.
Eastern Connecticut opened the second half with a 22-6 run spanning 10 minutes and the Panthers never challenged.
Junior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) led the Panthers with 13 points and three rebounds. Wyland scored nine and pulled down a team-high six rebounds, while Beatrice finished with seven points and three rebounds.
Lewis ends a solid career with totals of 424 points and 475 rebounds. She led the Panthers with 166 rebounds this season, averaging 6.4 per contest. Classmate Kelley Collins (Groveton, N.H.) finished the year with 131 points and 144 rebounds, while sophomore Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) wraps up the season as the team's top scorer, netting a total of 261 points for an even 10.0 points per game average.
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