Morrill leads Panthers to third straight victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's basketball team received scoring contributions from nine different players Tuesday evening and the Panthers overcame the Newbury College Nighthawks 57-45 at Foley Gymnasium.
PSU won its third straight game to up its record to 5-6 while Newbury fell to 3-6.
The Panthers were led by freshman Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) who tallied 13 points with six rebounds. Morrill was supported by junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) with 11 points, and freshman Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) who combined 10 points with five rebounds. Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.), was the top rebounder for the Panthers with nine.
The Nighthawks received strong contributions from freshman Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich) who had a game high 18 points, along with double digit contributions from senior Katelyn Roeser (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) who had 10 points apiece. Spears also added a game high 10 rebounds for her double-double.
After a tight opening six minutes featuring several lead changes, the Panthers went ahead on an Emerson lay-up; a lead they would hold for the remainder of the game. With a 14-6 advantage after the first quarter, the Panthers kept Newbury at arm's length, taking a 23-17 lead into the half time break.
The Panthers extended their advantage through the end of the third quarter (41-28) before the teams traded blows down the straight. The Panthers opened up their biggest lead of the night (18 points) with 30 seconds to play, but Roeser would add a three-point basket with the last shot of the game.
The Panthers will look to continue their fine start to the year on Thursday at Fisher College (5:00pm). Newbury will look to bounce back Thursday against Simmons College (7:00pm).
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