Earle leads Panthers with 17-point effort
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Bella Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) came off the bench to score 17 points to lead Plymouth State University to a 61-58 win over Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Spirit Night on Tuesday evening.
Plymouth State jumped out to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Hornets flipped the script in the second as the game went into halftime knotted at 26-26. PSU pulled ahead in the third, but NVU-Lyndon went ahead, 52-51, with less than four minutes remaining. Earle hit a free throw and layup as the Panthers pulled back in front, 56-52, with two minutes to go. The Hornets would trim the deficit to a single point in the final minute, but Plymouth State went five-for-six from the charity stripe down the stretch to hold on for the win.
With the win the Panthers improve to 4-13, while NVU-Lyndon falls to 5-12.
Plymouth State 61, NVU-Lyndon 58
Plymouth State (4-13)
How it Happened.
- Junior Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) connected from down low twice and a pair of free throws gave Plymouth State a 6-4 lead midway through the first quarter, but junior Shalyan Mosher (Newark, Vt.) hit from outside for the Hornets to even the score.
- Freshman Jalen Cook (Monkton, Vt.) canned a triple from the right win and Earle converted an old-fashioned three-point play as the Panthers went back ahead, 14-6.
- Earle added four more from the charity stripe and senior Chenysse Hill's (Lynn, Mass.) free throw gave PSU a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
- NVU-Lyndon used a 14-2 surge and senior Alisha Celley (Cabot, Vt.) sank a free throw to put the Hornets ahead, 22-21, with 1:30 left in the half.
- Earle sank another free throw and the teams traded baskets from there as the game went into halftime squared at 26-26.
- NVU-Lyndon scored the first five points of the third quarter but back-to-back baskets by freshman Sarah Sweet (Narragansett, R.I.) tied the game at 33-33 with 4:27 left in the quarter.
- Sweet nailed a deep three-pointer to spark an 8-2 run, but a steal led to a breakaway layup for junior Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, N.H.) just before the buzzer sounded as PSU took a 43-39 lead to the fourth quarter.
- The action went back-and-forth to start the final stanza until baskets by Celley and senior Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) and a pair of Mosher free throws put the Hornets in front, 52-51, with less than four minutes to go.
- Cook hit from inside, then came up with a key block on the defensive end and Earle's layup put PSU back in front, 56-52, but Lyndon charged back with three straight points.
- Earle sank two clutch free throws and, after the Hornets hit one-of-two from the line, senior Alex Ricard (Manchester, N.H.) drained a pair from the charity stripe to make it 60-56 with 22 seconds remaining.
- Mosher hit twice from the to make it a one-possession game, but Sweet answered for the Panthers and Lyndon was unable to hit on its final possession.
Inside the Numbers:
- Earle went 13-of-17 from the line for her 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Sweet added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
- Cook chipped in with 11 points and six boards, with Ricard adding nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
- Celley led all scorers with 19 points for the Hornets, while Mosher added 10 points and five rebounds.
- PSU held a 42-31 advantage on the glass and the Panthers' bench outscored its opposition by a 31-11 margin.
- Plymouth State is right back in action tomorrow (Jan. 29) for a home contest against Pine Manor. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.
- The Hornets head to UMaine-Presque Isle for a weekend series starting Friday (Jan. 31) at 5:30 p.m.
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