Conant leads Panthers in non-conference setback
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Plymouth State University women's basketball team fell to the University of New England, 67-42, in the championship game of the Cardinal Classic hosted by Plattsburgh State University on Saturday.
With the loss the Panthers drop to 2-1 on the season while the Nor'Easters improve to 3-0.
Junior Jess Conant (Londonderry, N.H.) led the Panthers with 13 points in the loss. Freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) tallied eight points off the bench and juniors Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) and Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) each brought in a team high seven rebounds.
The Nor'Easters jumped out to an early three point lead on a three pointer from sophomore Jocelyn Chaput (Nashua, N.H.). Cassidy Emerson put the Panthers on the board with a jump shot to make the score 3-2. A turnover by the Nor'Easters and a foul by Ashley Coneys (Dover, N.H) put Emerson on the free throw line where she made one of two to tie the game at three apiece. The teams remained deadlocked at three for the next 2:20. UNE's Olivia Shaw (Saco, Maine) put in a layup to spark a 14-2 run and the Nor'Easters would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
McLaughlin hit a three-pointer early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 21-13, but UNE responded with 18 of the next 20 points to take a 39-15 lead. The Panthers closed the half with a 7-2 spurt to make it a 41-22 game at the half and the Nor'Easters would lead by 20 through the second half.
The Panthers shot 28.0% (14-of-50) from the field and 64.7% (11-of-17) from the free throw line. PSU's bench outscored UNE's 15-13 with four different Panthers coming off the bench to contribute.
The game marked the first meeting between the two teams since Plymouth State held on for a 71-69 win during the 2002-03 season.
The Panthers return to action on Tuesday (Nov. 21), when they host future Little East Conference opponent Castleton University. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
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