Conant leads Panthers with 18 points
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) led the Plymouth State University women's basketball team in scoring for the second straight game, but PSU fell to Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University by a 75-56 margin Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
The Panthers fall to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in Little East play, while the Warriors improve to 2-5 (2-0 LEC).
Conant sliced through the lane for a layup following a defensive rebound by junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) for the game's first points. After a pair of ECSU hoops, Morrill scored the next five points. Sophomore Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) added a pair of three-pointers, followed by a layup from freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) to give the Panthers a 15-6 lead. ECSU cut into the PSU lead, but Morrill and McLaughlin each added layups as the first quarter expired to give Plymouth a 19-13 lead after one.
The second quarter began with the two teams exchanging hoops. Conant scored seven straight for PSU, but the Warriors used a 14-0 run to surge ahead 34-26. A 10-foot jumper from junior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) and a pair of layups by McLaughlin cut the lead to 36-32 at the half.
Eastern Connecticut pushed the lead to double-digits midway through the third quarter, but a steal by Roche led to a Conant layup to cut the margin to 48-40 with 4:12 to play. The Warriors answered with an 8-2 spurt. Freshman Kiara Carr (Fairfield, Maine) connected from beyond the arc with under a minute left in the quarter and PSU trailed 56-45 entering the final ten minutes.
ECSU opened the fourth with a 7-1 spurt to put the game out of reach.
Conant finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Roche finished with eight points and seven rebounds, with Morrill playing another complete game with seven points, nine rebounds and four assists. McLaughlin chipped in with eight points and four boards.
The Panthers wrap up the first half of the season next Saturday (Dec. 16) with a home game against Johnson State. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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