Earle leads balanced attack for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Bella Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) scored a team-high 13 points off the bench to help lead Plymouth State University to a 61-54 win over Norwich University in a non-conference women's basketball game at Andrews Hall Gym on Thursday night.
Plymouth State got off to slow start as the Cadets scored the game's first ten points and led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter. Norwich extended the lead to 12 points early in the second, but the Panthers started to chip away and freshman Autumn Nelson's (Weare, N.H.) three at the buzzer pulled PSU to within 33-28 at the half.
The Panthers used a 21-6 surge during the third quarter to grab the lead and PSU would stay in front throughout the remainder of the contest. Norwich would pull to within six in the closing minutes, but Nelson sank three-of-four free throws in the final 21 seconds to secure the win.
PSU moves to 2-0 on the year, while Norwich drops to 0-2.
Plymouth State 61, Norwich 54
Plymouth State (2-0)
How it Happened.
- PSU struggled to find its shot early, as the Cadets build a 10-0 lead through the first four minutes of action and the hosts still led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter.
- A Norwich three-pointer gave the Cadets their largest lead of the game, 20-8, in the opening seconds of the second, but PSU would respond with a 9-0 run to cut into the margin.
- Freshman Skyler Crayton (Lynn, Mass.) got to the basket, and senior Alex Ricard (Manchester, N.H.) buried a jumper to pull the Panthers to within one, 24-23, with just under three minutes left in the half, but Norwich answered with back-to-back threes.
- After picking up two points from the free throw line, Nelson sank a triple just before the buzzer to cut the margin to 33-28 at the half.
- The teams traded three-pointers to start the third quarter, but PSU scored ten straight points as part of a 19-5 run to seize the lead, 50-41, with 1:29 left in the frame.
- Earle's jumper gave the Panthers a ten-point cushion early in the final quarter and PSU would maintain the lead the rest of the way. Norwich would pull to within six on two separate occasions, but each time Plymouth State had an answer and Nelson's late free throws helped wrap up the win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Earle finished 5-of-10 from the floor in her 19 minutes of action, while Nelson scored 11 points and added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in her 22 minutes off the bench.
- Senior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) was all over the place, contributing eight points, four rebounds, six assists and seven steals.
- Ricard and freshman Alessia Salzillo (Saugus, Mass.) pulled down seven rebounds apiece.
- PSU's reserves outscored their opponents by a 35-9 margin.
- Plymouth State shot 41.5% from the floor (22-of-53).
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It was a team win tonight," said interim head coach Leah Swanson. "We made adjustments and were able to follow through."
- Plymouth State visits Westfield State on Sunday (Nov. 17) for a noon clash.
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