McLaughlin leads Panthers to first LEC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting to lead Plymouth State University to a 67-54 win over Keene State College in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
PSU never trailed, knocking off the Owls for the first time since Jan. 26, 2010, to break a seven game skid and pick up its first LEC win of the year.
The Panthers jumped out to a quick lead and built a 17-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter as freshman Maysen Tyler (Bridge City, Texas) came off the bench for five points in the frame. Keene rallied to tie the game at 19-19 three minutes into the second, but PSU responded by scoring nine of the next 12 points to lead 28-22 at the half.
Plymouth State extended the lead to as many as 14 in the third quarter and held a double-digit advantage for the majority of the fourth. KSC pulled to within eight, 58-50, with just under two minutes to play, but that was as close as the visitors would get as the Panthers were solid from the free throw line to secure the win.
PSU improves to 6-7 overall and 1-5 in LEC action, while the Owls drop their seventh straight to fall to 2-11 and 0-5 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 67, Keene State 54
Plymouth State (6-7, 1-5 LEC)
Keene State (2-11, 0-5 LEC)
How it Happened:
* McLaughlin drained a triple from the left wing and junior Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) followed with a three from the right corner to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead after 4:13.
* Sophomore Samira Sangare (Clifton Park, N.Y.) buried a jumper and senior Emily McPadden (Tyngsborough, Mass.) nailed a right wing triple to pull the Owls to within 10-7, but PSU answered with a 7-3 spurt to take a 17-10 lead into the second quarter.
* McPadden hit a catch-and-shoot three as part of a 9-2 run for KSC to tie the game at 19-19.
* Senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the put back to give the Panthers a 28-22 lead heading into halftime.
* Tyler sank a jumper off an inbounds play as the Panthers extended to a 36-28 lead midway through the third quarter, and McLaughlin made a tough layup with contact to push the lead to double-figures.
* Conant picked the pocket of sophomore Lilly Shlimon (Pelham, N.H.) and went coast-to-coast to give PSU a 44-30 lead with 1:25 left in the frame, and senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) laid it in to make it 46-32 heading to the fourth quarter.
* Shlimon sank a pair of free throws to pull the Owls to within 52-40 at the midpoint of the fourth.
* The Panthers maintained the lead as Roche hit twice from the charity stripe, but Shlimon sank a straight-on three to pull the Owls to 58-48 with 2:15 to go.
* Shlimon's lay-up cut the Keene State deficit to eight, 58-50, with 1:44 left, but that was as close as they would get as PSU nailed seven-of-eight from the line to secure the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* McLaughlin finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. The 17 points were a season high.
* Conant chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Tyler came off the bench to provide 11 points.
* Roche added nine points, including a perfect six-of-six from the charity stripe.
* McPadden paced the Owls with a game-high 22 points, including six three-pointers, while Shlimon added 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
* Plymouth State sank 22-of-25 (88.0%) from the free throw line, while the Owls went 9-of-17 (52.9%).
* PSU last beat the Owls on Jan. 26, 2010. The Owls had won each of the last 16 meetings between the two teams.
* Plymouth State heads to the University of Massachusetts Boston for another LEC contest on Thursday (Jan. 10) with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.
* The Owls are also in league action on Thursday (Jan. 10), playing host to Castleton University at 5:30 p.m.
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