Owls use big third quarter to pull away from Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's basketball team saw a strong first half's work come undone, as the Keene State Owls would ride a big third quarter to pull away for a 67-54 victory Wednesday evening at Foley Gym.
Junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) was the top scorer for the Panthers with a game-high 20 points. Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) added 13 points and was the top rebounder for the Panthers with 6 boards. Senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) was also in double digits, adding 12 points in the losing effort.
Sophomore Sandi Purcell (Hudson, N.H.) would top score with 16 points for the Owls. Junior Stephanie D'Annolfo (Tyngsborough, Mass.) would add 13 points and a game high 8 rebounds, and senior Kelsey Cognetta would contribute a further 10 points.
The first period would prove a tight affair with the teams tying for the lead on five occasions through the opening 10 minutes. Plymouth would open up a 6 point lead in the second period on a jump shot from Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) but the Owls would come back closing out the scoring on two D'Annolfo free throws, for a 27-25 lead.
The Owls would take over the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 23-11 for the 50-36 lead. The Panthers would hang tough throughout the final period, outscoring the Owls 18-17, but were unable to make inroads into the Owls lead, losing by the eventual 13-point margin.
PSU (6-16, 0-11) will return to LEC action Saturday, hosting UMass Boston (1:00 p.m.) for Senior Day. Keene State (19-3, 8-3) will hit the road Saturday to play at Western Connecticut (1:00pm).
(Photo courtesy of Meghan Lang)
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