Conant, Emerson lead Panthers in non-conference setback
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting but the Plymouth State University women's basketball team fell to Colby-Sawyer College, 65-42, at Coffin Field House on Monday night.
The Panthers fell behind 15-6 in the first quarter, but used a 12-3 run over the first three minutes of the second frame to pull ahead, 18-17. Junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) got the streak started with an offensive rebound and putback, and freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) and sophomore Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) each connected from beyond the arc in the spurt. Junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) capped the run after grabbing an offensive rebound off her own miss and laying it in.
A jumper from senior Amanda Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) put the Chargers back in front, but Conant answered at the other end to make it 20-19 with four minutes left in the half. Colby-Sawyer used a 10-2 surge to pull ahead and take a 29-22 lead into the break.
A layup from Conant and two freebies from Emerson cut the PSU deficit to 32-26 midway through the third quarter, but the Chargers amped up the defensive pressure and used a 16-0 run to seize control of the game. Conant and McLaughlin connected on consecutive possessions, but the Panthers trailed 50-30 entering the final ten minutes and were unable to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter.
Conant added seven rebounds to go with her 18 points, with Emerson chipping in with eight points while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) matched Conant's 18 points, and added 10 rebounds and 11 assists to record the second triple-double in 10 days for the Chargers. Sophomore Tianna Sugars (Oxford, Maine) added 13 points and seven rebounds while senior Emmani Robinson (Newburgh, N.Y.) was the third Charger in double figures with 10 points and eight boards.
Plymouth State falls to 5-10 and will be back in Little East Conference action on Wednesday when the Panthers host the University of Southern Maine for a 5:30 p.m. tilt. Colby-Sawyer improves to 11-3 and will play its fourth game in five days when the team welcomes Green Mountain College for a North Atlantic Conference game tomorrow (5:30 p.m.).
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