Emerson's double-double leads Panthers to victory
POULTNEY, Vt. – Senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) posted her first double-double of the season to lead Plymouth State University to a 56-52 win over Green Mountain College in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Eagle Dome on Monday night.
Emerson led the Panthers with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while making key jumpers down the stretch to help Plymouth State preserve the lead. PSU held a 15-11 lead after the first quarter, and extended the advantage to 36-24 at the half. Junior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) sank a jumper midway through the third quarter to give the Panthers their biggest lead of the game, 46-30, but the Eagles used a 14-0 run to cut the deficit down to 46-44.
GMC pulled to within three, 55-52, with just 30 seconds to play, but that was as close as the Eagles would get.
Plymouth State 56, Green Mountain 52
Plymouth State 2-0
Green Mountain 1-2
How it Happened:
* GMC jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the opening minute, but the Panthers didn't let the hosts extend the advantage. Sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) gave PSU its first lead, 9-8, with her jumper with four minutes remaining in the frame.
* The Eagles jumped back in front after a three-pointer but Plymouth answered with a 6-0 run, highlighted by a triple from freshman Maysen Tyler (Bridge City, Texas), to hold a 15-11 lead after the first quarter.
* The Panthers opened the second quarter on a 10-1 run to push the lead into double digits and a free throw from senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) extended the lead to 32-18 with 2:26 left in the half.
* Senior Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) hit from distance for the Eagles to pull the home team to within 36-24 at the half.
* Hill hit back to back jumpers as PSU extended its lead to 16 points midway through the third quarter, but the Eagles came storming back. Freshman Haleigh Benally (Chinle, Ariz.) and Rideout each hit from long range, and senior Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, V.I.) had six points during a 14-0 run.
* Emerson stopped Green Mountain's momentum with a pair of clutch free throws to keep the lead, 48-44, as the game went into the fourth quarter.
* Hill got inside for a bucket to extend the lead and PSU would hold at least a five-point advantage through the first eight minutes, but an Armstrong layup cut the lead to 54-50 with 1:51 to play.
* Armstrong made it a one-possession game, 55-52, with 33 seconds to go but the Panthers' defense forced turnovers on two of the Eagles final three possessions to earn the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* Conant and Hill joined Emerson in double-figures. Conant finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Hill added 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
* Green Mountain got a game-high 19 points from Rideout and a 15-point, 10-rebound effort from Armstrong in the setback.
* The Panthers finished 22-of-56 from the floor, but struggled from deep going just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc.
* PSU outrebounded the Eagles by a 40-34 margin and forced 22 Green Mountain turnovers.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our free throw shooting hurt us tonight, but the team fought hard and took control at the end," said head coach Allison Flynn. "Cassidy made a couple baseline jump shots to keep us in the lead and Maysen and Chenysse came up big throughout the game."
* PSU faces Rivier in the annual Boys and Girls Club Classic at NHTI on Thursday (Nov. 15). Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.
* The Eagles are also in action on Thursday (Nov. 15), playing host to SUNY Delhi at 5:30 p.m.
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