Panthers look to rebound vs. Western Conn. on Saturday
HENNIKER, N.H. – Sophomore Rene Hudson (Gallatin, Tenn.) scored a game-high 26 points to lead New England College to a 65-42 in-state win over Plymouth State University in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday night.
With the setback the Panthers drop to 5-15, while NEC has won six-straight games to improve to 12-7 on the year.
The teams went back-and-forth through the early stages of the first quarter. A layup from freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) pulled the Panthers to within 13-11 with 4:45 to play in the frame, but the hosts drained back-to-back three-pointers to spark a 12-2 run to close out the first with a 25-13 lead.
Both teams struggled offensively in the second quarter. NEC extended the lead to 17, 30-13, after 4:36 of the second quarter. Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) pulled down an offensive rebound and completed an old-fashioned three-point play, but the Pilgrims took a 35-20 advantage into halftime.
Plymouth State was able to trim the deficit to 12 points multiple times in the third, but was unable to get any closer as NEC used an 11-0 surge to close the quarter and push the lead to 53-30.
PSU was unable to sustain any consistent pressure in the fourth quarter as the Pilgrims closed out the win.
Conant was the lone Panther in double figures, finishing with 11 points and grabbing four rebounds. Sophomore Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) added seven points, three assists and two blocks, and junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) chipped in with six points and four rebounds.
Hudson added five steals and three assists to her 26-point output, with freshman Anoushka Boatswain (East Orange, N.J.) finishing with 11 points and 19 rebounds. Sophomore Jada Black (Concord, N.C.) also finished in double figures on the boards, pulling down 13, as the Pilgrims owned a 61-29 advantage on the glass.
Plymouth State was a touch better from the field, shooting 31.0% (18-of-58) to NEC's 29.9% (20-of-67), but the Pilgrims held a huge advantage from the charity stripe. The Panthers finished a perfect 5-of-5 from the line, but NEC had 20 makes in 28 attempts.
The Panthers are back in action on Saturday when they host Western Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference game at 1:00 p.m.
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