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PSU Women’s Basketball falls to Salem State

PSU Women’s Basketball falls to Salem State

Swanson leads Panthers with 19 points and four three-pointers

             SALEM, Mass. – Senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) finished with a team-high 19 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, but Salem State University was able to hold of Plymouth State University 59-51 in women's basketball action from Twohig Gymnasium on Thursday night.

            The Panthers, who trailed by as many as 20 points in the first half, used a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 51-51 with less than three minutes to play.  Salem State would hold PSU scoreless down the stretch, however, and a late steal by junior Saran Kaba (Dorchester, Mass.) set up classmate Norma Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) for an easy bucket that would help seal the Vikings win.

THE BASICS

  Twohig Gymnasium, Salem, Mass. – Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016

  Plymouth State 51, Salem State 59

  Records:

  Plymouth State 1-6 (0-1 LEC); Salem State 6-3 (0-0 MASCAC)

PSU LEADERS

  * Swanson … 19 points, five rebounds, three steals

  * Senior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) … seven points, 11 rebounds, two steals

  * Senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) … seven points, 10 rebounds, two steals

  * Sophomore Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) … six points, five rebounds

BY THE NUMBERS

  * The Panthers held a slight edge on the glass, outrebounding Salem State 50-44.

  * Plymouth State's reserves accounted for 40 of the team's 51 points, and outscored the Salem State bench 40-11.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter:

  * Salem State jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, sparked by senior Kaitlyn Bryan's (Lowell, Mass.) seven early points.

  * A pair of free throws from senior Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) cut the PSU deficit to 14-7 late in the quarter.

Second Quarter:

  * Junior Kate Lipka (Peabody, Mass.) connected from long range for the Vikings to open the second quarter, but Swanson answered with her first triple to make it 17-10 just 2:14 into the quarter.

  * The Vikings answered with a 13-0 run, including a two three-pointers from Bryan. 

  * Junior Elisabeth Caron (Londonderry, N.H.) got PSU back on the scoreboard, connecting on one-of-two free throws with 3:04 left in the half, leading to six straight points for the Panthers and cutting the margin to 30-16 heading into halftime.

Third Quarter:

  * Salem State maintained a double-digit lead through most of the third quarter. 

  * Swanson's second three pointer helped PSU score the last five points of the quarter to trail 43-35 after three.

Fourth Quarter:

  * Back-to-back three's from Lipka and sophomore Kia Fernandes (Wareham, Mass.) pushed the Vikings' lead back to double figures, 51-39, with 6:08 to play.

  * Plymouth State rallied behind the energized play of Swanson.  A 12-0 spurt, including nine from Swanson, deadlocked the game at 51-51 with 2:53 left.

  * Salem State took a 53-51 lead after a pair of Vikings both went one-of-two from the free throw line, giving the Panthers the ball with 38 seconds to play.

  * That set up Kaba's steal and Waggett's layup to lock up the win.  Kaba added a pair of free throws in the final seconds to close the scoring.

NEXT UP

  * Plymouth State closes out the fall semester with a home LEC game on Saturday.  PSU will face UMass-Dartmouth at 1:00 p.m.

  * Salem State is also back in action on Saturday.  The Vikings will host Endicott College at 3:00 p.m.

 

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