Emerson leads Panthers with 20 points
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) scored a team-high 20 points and freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) recorded her first career double-double but Plymouth State University fell to high-flying Westfield State University, 109-76, in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Woodward Center on Tuesday evening.
The teams went back and forth in the first quarter. A jumper from junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) with one minute left put the Panthers ahead 26-24, but a three-pointer at the buzzer gave Westfield a 27-26 lead after one.
The Owls pulled ahead in the second, extending the lead to 42-32 midway through the quarter. PSU clawed back and Emerson's old-fashioned three-point play cut the margin to 47-43 with 3:26 left in the half, but Westfield responded with a 12-6 run to take a 59-49 lead into halftime.
Westfield State, the nation's second highest scoring team, put the game away with a 14-0 run to start the third quarter. The Owls' high-pressure defense ignited the run as five different players scored during the surge. WSU controlled from there to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Emerson scored her 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting, and added eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. McLaughlin posted 13 points, 10 boards and three steals in 23 minutes off the bench, while Conant finished with 18 points (6-of-10) and seven rebounds.
PSU was hot in the first half, shooting 16-of-29 (55.2%), but the Westfield defense limited the Panthers to 10-of-33 (30.3%) in the final 20 minutes.
Plymouth State drops to 2-3 overall and will host UMass Dartmouth in the Little East Conference opener for both teams on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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