PSU Women’s Basketball bests Fisher College

PSU Women’s Basketball bests Fisher College

Wyland, Emerson post double-doubles in OT victory

            BOSTON, Mass. – Plymouth State University opened overtime with a 12-0 run, pulling away from Fisher College 83-70 in women's basketball action Thursday night. 

            The Panthers have won four straight games to even their record at 6-6, while Fisher drops its fifth straight game to fall to 2-7.

            Freshman Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) opened the extra frame with a jumper, then senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) connected on back-to-back three-pointers to help PSU pull away.  A Perry layup and two free throws from Emerson put the Panthers up 77-65 in OT before the Falcons were able to score.  The hosts had extended the game thanks to a corner three from sophomore Murphy Carroll (Methuen, Mass.) with just eight seconds left in regulation. 

            Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) and Emerson each recorded double-doubles in the victory, with Wyland finishing with 22 points and 17 rebounds.  Emerson had 10 points and 13 boards, while junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) netted 20 points, including four three-pointers.  Perry finished with 13 points.

            Fisher had three players finish in double figures with Murphy Carroll leading the way with 25 points and seven rebounds.  Freshman Aliyanah McIntosh (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 15 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Madison Carroll (Methuen, Mass.) added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Senior Christine Biggs (Rumford, Maine) led the hosts with 12 rebounds and three blocks.

            Murphy Carroll opened the scoring for the Falcons before a 10-2 Panther run.  Consecutive free throws and a three-pointer for Carroll, followed by a layup from McIntosh gave the hosts an 11-10 lead with just under three minutes to play in the opening quarter.  Senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) put PSU back on top after connecting from long range, and then Lawrence closed the quarter with a triple of her own for an 18-14 lead after one.

            Lawrence drained two more threes in the opening minute of the second quarter, pushing the Panther lead to 24-14, but the Falcons responded with a 7-0 spurt.  The two teams went scoreless over the next 2:39 until freshman Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) knocked down a baseline jumper to put Plymouth State up 26-21.  Fisher would close the half on a mini 6-3 run to trail 29-27 at the break.

            The Falcons reclaimed the lead with four straight points to open the third quarter, but PSU answered with a 9-1 run capped by Lawrence's fourth long-ball.  A layup and free throw from Wyland put the Panthers up 42-40 with 1:30 left in the third quarter, but Fisher tied the score on the next possession.  Lawrence drained four straight free throws but a three-pointer at the buzzer from Murphy Carroll tied the game at 46-46 after three. 

            The Panthers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter after a pair of layups from Wyland and two Lawrence free throws.  Wyland connected twice from the free throw line to put the visitors up 56-48 with just under seven minutes to play, but Fisher scored eight straight points to knot the score at 56.  The Panthers seemed to have the game under control when Perry knocked down the first of two free throws for a 65-62 lead with just 20 seconds left to play, but she couldn't connect on the second attempt and Carroll's three-pointer sent the game to overtime.  Wyland and Lawrence accounted for 29 of Plymouth's 36 second-half points.

            The Panthers owned a 68-58 edge on the boards and finished 26-of-31 (84%) from the free throw line. 

            Plymouth State will host Eastern Connecticut State in a Little East Conference (LEC) game Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  The Warriors are the defending LEC Tournament champions and knocked PSU out of the tournament last season.  Fisher is off until Tuesday when the Falcons face SUNY Canton in a neutral-site game played in Randolph Center (Vt.).  Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m.


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