Swanson, Lawrence pace Panthers in setback
JOHNSON, Vt. – Senior Kasey DeGreenia (Concord, Vt.) posted a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead Johnson State College to a 65-57 non-conference win over Plymouth State University in women's basketball action at Clark Gymnasium on Monday.
Seniors Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) and DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) each scored 12 points to lead the Panthers, whose late rally fell short. PSU entered the fourth quarter trailing 47-34, but fought to trim the deficit to 51-43 after a pair of free throws from Swanson with 5:28 to play. Johnson State countered with a 10-0 spurt to seemingly put the game out of reach. Plymouth's late flurry, eight points in the final 57 seconds, made things exciting, though it wasn't quite enough to complete the comeback.
Clark Gymnasium, Johnson, Vt. – Mon., Feb. 13, 2017
Plymouth State 57, Johnson State 65
Plymouth State 6-16 (3-9 LEC); Johnson State 11-12 (7-9 NAC)
* Swanson … 12 points, six rebounds
* Lawrence … 12 points, two steals
* Senior Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) … eight points, four steals, three rebounds, two assists
* Sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) … four points, six rebounds
* Senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) … team-high eight rebounds
BY THE NUMBERS
* Plymouth State struggled from the field, shooting 21-of-74 (28.4%) from the floor, while the Badgers were 25-of-60 (41.7%).
* The Panthers pulled down 45 rebounds, while Johnson State corralled 42 missed shots.
* Both teams scored 28 points in the paint, but PSU outscored JSC 13-4 in second chance points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* Senior Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) hit a layup to give PSU its only lead of the game, a 6-5 advantage, after the game's first 2:26.
* Beatrice got to the rim to make it a 10-8 deficit midway through the quarter.
* Wyland's free throw with 2:01 left in the frame cut the margin to 14-9. Neither team was able to score again before the buzzer.
* After the hosts extended the lead to 18-11, Lawrence connected from beyond the arc to spark a 9-2 run. Sophomore Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) connected from close range to knot the score at 20-20 with 5:10 remaining in the half.
* Moments later Morrill's layup tied things at 24-24, but the Badgers scored the quarters last five points to take a 29-24 lead into halftime.
* Johnson State used a 9-2 spurt to push the lead to double digits (38-26) in the first three minutes of the third.
* PSU got layups on three straight possessions to cut it to 38-32 with 4:27 to play in the frame but JSC answered by scoring nine of the next 11 points to pull away. The hosts took a 47-34 lead into the final quarter.
* Lawrence sank one from long range and Swanson connected twice from the charity stripe to cut the deficit to 49-39 two minutes into the final quarter.
* The teams traded buckets then Swanson had another pair of freebies to bring PSU to within eight, 51-43, halfway through the fourth quarter.
* Johnson State responded with a 10-0 run to seemingly put the game away. A Badgers' layup made it 65-46 with 2:32 to play.
* The Panthers put up a valiant fight, scoring the next 11 points without giving up a basket. Swanson connected from distance and senior Lindsy Poulin (Goffstown, N.H.) sank a pair of free throws, then sophomore Emily Brochu (Lewiston, Maine) hit a free throw and a three-pointer before freshman Alex Ricard (Manchester, N.H.) closed the scoring with a bucket to account for the final 65-57 margin.
* The Panthers wrap up the regular season with a pair of home LEC contests. PSU will host Southern Maine on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) before celebrating Senior Day on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) against Western Connecticut.
* Johnson State will stay at home for a NAC contest against Green Mountain College on Thursday (7:30 p.m.).
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