PSU Women’s Basketball falls at Castleton

PSU Women’s Basketball falls at Castleton

Wyland, Emerson and Lawrence score in double figures in loss

             CASTLETON, Vt. – Seniors Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) and DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) and sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) all finished in double figures as Plymouth State University fell to Castleton University, 58-49, in non-conference women's basketball at Glenbrook Gym.

             A strong defensive effort by the Spartans defense helped give the Castleton a 10-4 lead after one and the Panthers were never able to catch back up.  Each time PSU cut into the deficit, Castleton would respond with a run of its on to take the victory. 


  Glenbrook Gym, Castleton, Vt. – Tues., Nov. 22, 2016

  Plymouth State 58, Castleton 49


  Plymouth State 1-1; Castleton 2-0


  * Wyland … 11 points (5-of-8), five rebounds, three assists

  * Lawrence … 10 points, three assists

  * Emerson … 10 points, team-high seven rebounds

  * Sophomore Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) … six points (3-of-5), six rebounds

  * Senior Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) … five points, four rebounds, team-high three steals


  * The Panthers shot 41.2% (21-of-51) from the field, including 4-of-12 from behind the three-point line, but they struggled from the free throw line, making only 3-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe.

  * Castleton shot 37.9% (22-of-58) from the field, including 5-of-20 from behind the three-point line, and 56.3% (9-of-16) from the free throw line.

  * The rebounding battle was even, as each team grabbed 37 total rebounds.


First Quarter:

  * Castleton scored the first four points of the game, but Plymouth State responded with the next four points, including a three-pointer by sophomore Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) that tied the game with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter.

  * The Panthers would not score the rest of the opening quarter, as junior Morgan Raiche (Ira, Vt.) hit consecutive baskets to help the Spartans open up a 10-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter:

  * Plymouth State scored the first four points of the second quarter to cut its deficit to two (10-8), but the Spartans responded with 12-straight points.

  * The Panthers scored the final five points of the opening half on a three-pointer by Lawrence and a jumper by Emerson to pull to within nine at 26-17 at halftime.

Third Quarter:

  * PSU closed to within two at 32-30 thanks to an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter, with Emerson scoring the final four points of the run.

  * Castleton closed out the third quarter with an 11-2 scoring run over the final two-and-a-half minutes, led by two three-pointers from senior Lindsay Sabo (Stanhope, N.J.), to extend its lead back to 11 at 45-34.

Fourth Quarter:

  * The Panthers made one final push at the start of the fourth quarter, beginning with a three-pointer by Miller and capped by consecutive baskets from Aguiar to close the Spartan lead to 49-43 three minutes into the quarter.

  * The Castleton defense held Plymouth State scoreless for more than four minutes to preserve the victory.


  Plymouth State vs. Colby-Sawyer, Plymouth, N.H. – Tues., Nov. 29 (6:00 p.m.)

  Castleton vs. New England College, Castleton, Vt. – Wed., Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.)


*** Courtesy of Castleton University Sports Information ***


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