Panthers fall to Corsairs in LEC opener
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth past Plymouth State University, 85-43, in Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball action Saturday afternoon.
Junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) led the Panthers with 13 points, while classmates Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) and Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) combined for 12 points and 11 rebounds. With the loss PSU falls to 0-3 (0-1 LEC) on the young season.
Senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) backed Ronaghan's afternoon with 14 points to help the Corsairs win their fourth straight game to open the year. Freshman Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) chipped in with 13 points (5-of-6) and seven rebounds.
The Corsairs (4-0, 1-0 LEC) controlled the game from wire to wire, opening the game with nine straight points. A Lawrence jumper slowed the Corsair run and got PSU on the board after 2:13. Wyland hit a free throw and Lawrence added a three-pointer to bring the Panthers within eight, 14-6, midway through the first quarter, but UMD followed with a 10-2 spurt to close frame with a 24-8 lead.
The Corsairs pushed their lead to 20 in the opening minutes of the second quarter and PSU didn't challenge the rest of the way.
Plymouth State will play its first home game of the year on Tuesday when the Panthers host Castleton University in a non-conference match-up (5:30 p.m.). UMass Dartmouth is also back in action Tuesday night, hosting Salve Regina (5:00 p.m.).
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