Salzillo posts career high, but Warriors take control in fourth quarter
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Alessia Salzillo (Saugus, Mass.) scored a career high 23 points, but Eastern Connecticut State University used a big fourth quarter to surge past Plymouth State University, 67-47, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium on Saturday.
Plymouth State trailed by just three, 12-9, after the first. The hosts pulled ahead by double digits midway through the second, but the Panthers rallied to trim the deficit to 27-23 at the half. PSU pulled to within two in the final minutes of the third, but the Warriors closed the frame with five straight points to lead 45-38 entering the final ten minutes. ECSU used a 10-2 run to open the fourth and the Panthers wouldn't get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Plymouth State falls to 4-19 and 0-14 in the Little East, while Eastern Connecticut improves to 19-4 and 12-2 in league play.
Plymouth State 47, Eastern Connecticut 67
Plymouth State (4-19, 0-14 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (19-4, 12-2 LEC)
How it Happened.
- Salzillo's jumper gave the Panthers a 6-4 lead with four minutes left in the opening quarter.
- The Warriors ran off eight straight points, but Salzillo drilled a three in the final seconds to make it a 12-9 game at the end of one.
- ECSU pushed the advantage to double digits, 22-12, 4:24 into the second. Salzillo nailed a jumper and two free throws and moments later freshman Sarah Sweet (Narragansett, R.I.) connected from beyond the arc and the teams traded points with ECSU holding a 27-23 lead at the half.
- PSU pulled to within two, 28-26, on Salzillo's triple in the opening minute of the third and the game remained tight over the next eight minutes, but Eastern Connecticut scored the final five points of the frame to lead 45-38 heading into the fourth.
- The Warriors took control in the fourth quarter with a 10-2 spurt to push the margin to 15. Salzillo sank a jumper to pull within 55-42 with six minutes to play, but that was as close as Plymouth would get.
Inside the Numbers:
- Salzillo went 9-of-16 from the floor and sank a pair of three-pointers for her career best 23 points. She added four rebounds and three assists.
- Freshman Bella Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) added nine points and five rebounds, while senior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) pulled down a team-best seven boards.
- ECSU controlled the boards by a 37-29 margin.
- The Panthers host Castleton in another LEC contest on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at 5:30 p.m.
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