Roche leads quartet of Panthers in double-figures
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Junior Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a game-high 17 points, including four three-pointers, to lead Plymouth State University to a 62-48 win over Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in a non-conference women's basketball game at George W. Stannard Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The Hornets played Plymouth State nearly even for three quarters, but PSU limited the hosts to just seven points in the final ten minutes to pull away for the win.
Plymouth State extended its best start to the season in nearly a decade, improving to 4-0, while Lyndon drops to 2-2.
Plymouth State 62, NVU-Lyndon 48
Plymouth State 4-0
How it Happened:
* Trailing 5-3 in the early going, the Panthers used a 12-1 run to take a 15-6 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) kicked off the spurt with four points and classmate Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) added a pair of buckets in the stretch.
* Lyndon answered with five unanswered points, but the Panthers followed with a 6-0 run of their own and Conant's layup pushed the advantage to double-figures, 21-11, with 2:19 left in the frame.
* Lauren Young (Danville, Vt.) converted an old-fashioned three-point play to pull the hosts to within 23-17 as the first quarter expired.
* After the up-and-down first quarter, both offenses slowed down significantly in the second. The Hornets used a 9-0 run, highlighted by five points from Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, N.H.), to regain the lead, 26-23, with 3:33 left in the half. Conant put the Panthers back on top with a pair of free throws, but Lyndon answered at the other end.
* Senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) sank a jumper inside of two minutes remaining, and Roche drained a triple to give the Panthers a 32-28 halftime advantage.
* Conant's steal led to a layup for Roche as PSU extended to a 38-30 lead in the opening three minutes of the third quarter, but the Hornets responded and Crompton's jumper with 2:54 left in the quarter knotted the game at 38-apiece.
* PSU responded as Roche and Morrill both hit from beyond the arc to give PSU a lead it would not relinquish and the Panthers went into the fourth quarter with a 44-41 lead.
* Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) made a layup for the Hornets early in the quarter to pull within 44-43, but that was as close as they would get as the Plymouth State defense went into lockdown mode. The Panthers held Lyndon scoreless on its next ten possessions (0-8 FG, 2 turnovers) as the visitors pulled away. Emerson sank a pair of free throws as PSU went ahead 57-45 with less than two minutes to go.
* Victoria Carlson (East Haven, Conn.) finally broke the Hornets' scoreless drought with a three-pointer, ending a span of 6:32 without a bucket to make it 57-48, but it was too little, too late for the hosts.
Inside the Numbers:
* Roche's 17 points were a season-high. Conant added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Emerson posted her second double-double of the year with 15 points and 11 boards.
* Morrill stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
* Carlson led the Hornets with 12 points, while Crompton added 11.
* The Panthers shot 46.0% from the field and 45.5% from distance and sank 111-of-14 free throws.
* PSU outrebounded Lyndon by a 38-29 margin and held a 12-3 advantage in fast break points.
* PSU held the Hornets to just 2-of-19 shooting and three turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our up-tempo play gave us a lead throughout the first quarter," said head coach Allison Flynn. "Our team defense really picked up in the fourth quarter. Brittany [Roche] had a couple of big three's and Cassidy [Emerson] hit some key jump shots for us."
* The Panthers visit Colby-Sawyer for a non-conference contest on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at 5:30 p.m.
* NVU-Lyndon opens North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play at home against Husson a week from Friday (Nov. 30) at 7:30 p.m.
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