Panthers roll to non-conference victory
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Senior guard DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) scored a game-high 12 points for Plymouth State University as the Panthers topped Newbury College, 56-32, in women's basketball action Thursday night at Pappas Gymnasium; the first contest for both teams following the Winter Break.
The bench scored big for the Panthers, including eight points from sophomore Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) and six points from sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.). In total, the Panthers' bench scored 29 of the team's 56 points on the night.
For the Nighthawks, only junior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) was able to score double digit points; totaling 10 in her 36 minutes. Spears was able to record her team-leading fifth double-double; she also grabbed 11 rebounds. The trio of Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.), Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) and Allison Kelly (Dorchester, Mass.) all finished with six points.
The Panthers used an impressive opening quarter and good ball movement to take control of the game early. PSU recorded an assist on each of its eight field goals in the first quarter, while holding Newbury to just 2-of-14 shooting in the opening frame to build an 18-2 lead after one. PSU added 18 points in both the second and third quarters to take a 54-22 lead into the fourth. The Plymouth State reserves were held to just a pair of free throws over the final ten minutes, but the game was already well in hand.
Pappas Gymnasium, Brookline, Mass. – Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017
Plymouth State 56, Newbury 32
Plymouth State 2-7 (0-2 LEC); Newbury 1-7 (1-2 NECC)
* Lawrence … game-high 12 points, four rebounds, two assists
* Morrill … eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals
* Emerson … six points, five rebounds
* Senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) … seven points, three rebounds
* Spears … 10 points, 11 rebounds
* Olsen … six points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals
* Kelley … six points, four rebounds
* Kelly … six points, two rebounds
BY THE NUMBERS
* The Panthers would shoot 44.4% (24-of-54) percent in the first three quarters, scoring 18 points in each frame.
* PSU's ball movement led to a number of good shots. Plymouth recorded 17 assists on 24 field goals for the game, including 13 assists on 16 field goals at the half.
* The Panther defense forced 23 Nighthawk turnovers, which led to 26 PSU points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* Swanson put PSU on top 2-0 with a jumper in the early going.
* Newbury took its only lead of the game when Kelley was fouled on a jumper and the sophomore was able to complete the old-fashioned three-point play.
* Emerson and Lawrence combined for nine straight Panther points to pull ahead 14-5 with 2:24 left in the quarter and PSU never looked back.
* A layup from freshman Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) made it 18-5 at the end of the first.
* After Lawrence extended the lead to 21-5 in the opening minutes of the second quarter, Newbury answered with a mini run to make it a ten point game (21-11).
* PSU responded with an extended 11-2 run to move ahead 32-13 with 2:08 left in the half.
* An offensive rebound and lay-up from junior Elisabeth Caron (Londonderry, N.H.) gave the Panthers a 36-16 lead at the intermission.
* The Panthers opened the second half with 12 straight points to go up 48-16 midway through the third quarter.
* Swanson was one of five different Panthers to score in the spurt, with the senior accounting for five points.
* Morrill hit on a pair of jumpers to give PSU its largest lead of the game, 52-18, with just under four minutes remaining in the quarter.
* Newbury was able to hold the Panthers to just two points in the final frame, but the deficit was way too much for the Nighthawks to overcome as PSU cruised to the victory.
* Plymouth State is back on the court on Saturday for a Little East Conference (LEC) game at Eastern Connecticut State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
* The Nighthawks are back in conference play Saturday (3:00 p.m.) as well, when they square off with Regis College in a rematch of last season's NECC Championship Game.
**With contributions from Newbury College Sports Information**
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