Conant with game-high 21 points as win streak hits five
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) notched a game-high 21 points and Plymouth State University outscored Colby-Sawyer College 19-4 in the third quarter on the way to a 75-52 win in a non-conference women's basketball game at Coffin Field House on Tuesday night.
PSU extends its best start since the 2009-10 season, improving to a perfect 5-0, while the Chargers drop to 2-2.
Colby-Sawyer junior Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) opened the game with a pair of three-pointers, but junior Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) responded with two triples of her own for the Panthers. After another Hamilton bucket, Roche answered with her third long ball to give PSU a lead it would not relinquish. The Panthers closed the quarter with a 17-5 run and maintained a double-digit advantage for the majority of the game.
Plymouth State 75, Colby-Sawyer 52
Plymouth State 5-0
How it Happened:
* Senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) connected from beyond the arc and added a pair of free throws during the first quarter spurt, while classmate Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) sank back-to-back jumpers to cap the run and give PSU a 23-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
* The Panthers maintained the double-digit advantage through the majority of the second quarter. Freshman Maysen Tyler (Bridge City, Texas) connected from beyond the arc as the lead surged to 30-15 early in the second. Junior Tianna Sugars (Oxford, Maine) cut the Chargers' deficit to single digits, 40-31, after completing an old-fashioned three-point play with two minutes left in the half, but Conant got inside on the next possession. A CSC free throw made it a ten-point game, before sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) sank a layup to give the Panthers a 44-32 lead at the break.
* Conant scored eight points as part of a 13-0 burst to open the third quarter as PSU put the game out of reach. The Plymouth State defense limited Colby-Sawyer to just four points and 1-of-15 shooting in the third quarter as PSU took a 63-36 lead heading into the final ten minutes.
* Conant drilled a jumper midway through the fourth quarter as the Panthers took their biggest lead of the night, 68-38, with 6:31 to play and PSU would coast to the win from there.
Inside the Numbers:
* Conant led all scorers with 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting. She added six rebounds.
* Roche finished with 14 points, including three triples, and pulled down six boards, while Emerson chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds.
* PSU shot a season-high 50% from the floor (29-of-58), while limiting the Chargers to just 17-of-57 (29.8%).
* PSU held a 42-31 advantage on the glass, while the Panthers' bench outscored its counterparts by a 22-9 margin.
* Plymouth State's 5-0 start is the program's best since the 2009-10 team opened the year with eight straight wins.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our all-around great team defense led to productive offense," said head coach Allison Flynn. "We hit from the outside early which opened up the middle for us."
* Plymouth State heads to Lasell College on Monday (Nov. 26) for a final non-conference tune-up before Little East Conference play. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
* Colby-Sawyer visits Middlebury College a week from Saturday (Dec. 1) for a 1:00 p.m. contest.
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