Lawrence and Perry hit double figures in Panther loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Rhode Island College outscored Plymouth State University 22-11 in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon to pull out a 52-47 victory in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
Junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) led the Panther offense with 17 points, while senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) added 15 points, all coming from 3-point range. Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) contributed seven points and five rebounds, with classmate Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) adding six boards.
RIC would get all its offense from three players. Senior Devin Hill (Danielson, Conn.), top all scorers with 21 points, including 9-of-10 free throws, while adding six rebounds. Junior Alex Moore (West Newbury, Mass.), added 18 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Rybecca Gonzalez (Pawtucket, R.I.) rounded out the scoring with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The opening quarter was a tight affair, through the first five minutes before RIC was able to open up a five-point lead on a Gonzalez lay-up. The Panthers would click into gear, closing the gap to 9-9 before taking their first lead of the game on a Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) free throw, and then extending their lead to 14-12 at the close of the period.
PSU would out score RIC 12-6 through the second quarter, capitalizing on tight defense and key 3-pointers from Perry and Lawrence, to open up their biggest lead of the game (26-14) with three minutes to play. However, it was RIC that would score the final 4 points of the half, to leave the Panthers headed into the locker room with an eight-point cushion (26-18).
The third quarter was a tight affair with the Panthers maintaining a six-point lead through the period. The Panthers would even extend that lead into the fourth quarter by as much as 10 points, before RIC went on a five minute run, tying the game at 42-42 with 3:38 remaining. With the Panthers tiring, RIC would make the most of its free throw attempts, closing out the game with a five-point lead, its largest of the game.
After two consecutive wins, the Panthers drop to 2-5 (0-2 LEC) and will look to regroup on Tuesday at Foley Gym with a non-conference game against Lasell College (6:00pm). RIC improves to 3-4 (1-0 LEC) and will host Amherst College on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
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