Huge fourth quarter gives Panthers second straight win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University used a strong fourth quarter for a 50-44 come-from-behind win over Lyndon State College in non-conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium Thursday night. The Panthers captured their second straight victory improving to 2-4, while the Hornets fall to 1-4.
Plymouth entered the fourth quarter trailing 35-29, but outscored the Hornets 21-9 in the final frame to secure the win. Senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) and freshman Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) were huge for the Panthers down the stretch. Perry finished the final quarter with seven points and four rebounds, while connecting on all four of her free throw attempts. Aguiar had three points and a pair of huge steals and rebounds in the fourth.
PSU used a quick 6-1 spurt to tie the score at 36-36 just 1:48 into the final quarter. Perry had five points, including a three from the left corner, during the run. Two minutes later a layup by junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) gave the Panthers their first lead since the end of the first quarter. With a slight 42-40 lead with less than three minutes to play, Aguiar put her stamp on the game. Her free throw pushed the margin to 43-40, then moments later she came up with a steal and put back to extend the lead to 46-40. The Panthers would lead by at least six the rest of the way.
The Panthers were led by junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.), who finished with a game-high 15 points. Perry added 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds.
Lyndon State got double-doubles from senior Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) and sophomore Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) Thompson finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Hodge ended with 10 points and 13 boards.
Plymouth State finished the night shooting 25.4% (17-of-67), and 14.3% (4-of-28) from long range. Lyndon State connected on 27.5% (19-of-69) of their shots from the field, but was unable to hit from deep in 16 attempts. The Panthers were able to win despite being out-rebounded 60-48.
Plymouth State will next play Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when the Panthers play host to Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference (LEC) game. Lyndon State will open North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play Saturday at home against Colby-Sawyer College (1:00 p.m.).
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