PSU Women’s Basketball falls to league-leading Eastern Conn.

PSU Women’s Basketball falls to league-leading Eastern Conn.

Salzillo leads three Panthers in double-figures 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Alessia Salzillo (Saugus, Mass.) was one of three Plymouth State University women's basketball players to finish in double-figures, but league leading Eastern Connecticut State University was too strong as the Warriors topped the Panthers, 67-40, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

            Eastern Connecticut got off to a quick start, but led by just nine (20-11) at the end of the first and PSU held the powerful Warriors' offense to just ten second-quarter points. Plymouth State had a tough time maintaining its offense in the third quarter, however, as ECSU took control and PSU was unable to mount a comeback in the fourth.

            Plymouth State dips to 3-9 on the season and goes to 0-5 in the LEC, while Eastern Connecticut improves to 11-2 and stays unbeaten (5-0) in league play.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 40, ECSU 67


            Plymouth State (3-9, 0-5 LEC)

            ECSU (11-2, 5-0 LEC)


            How it Happened.

  • Senior Lizzy Cretella (Cheshire, Conn.) had five quick points as the Warriors jumped out to a 13-2 lead over the first five minutes.
  • Salzillo buried a three from the right wing as PSU cut the margin to 18-11 late in the quarter, but a pair of ECSU free throws made it a 20-11 game after one.
  • Salzillo pushed the tempo for a fastbreak layup and her baseline jumper pulled the Panthers to within 28-18 with just over two minutes to go. The teams traded buckets from there as the visitors went into halftime with a 30-20 lead.
  • Sophomore Anna Barry (Andover, Conn.) and senior Mya Villard (Cromwell, Conn.) scored the Warriors' first 13 points of the second half as the visitors pushed the lead to 43-24.
  • Villard's two free throws pushed the Warriors' advantage to 51-28 after the third.
  • Freshman Jalen Cook (Monkton, Vt.) scored on back-to-back possessions, then swished a straight-on three as PSU pulled to within 56-40 with four minutes to play.
  • That was as close as the Panthers would get, however, as Eastern picked up the win.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Salzillo led the Panthers with 13 points and added three rebounds and two assists, while Cook added 11 points and five boards.
  • Freshman Bella Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) went 3-of-5 off the bench for 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.
  • Villard led all scorers with 18 points and added seven rebounds, while Barry chipped in with 15 points.
  • ECSU controlled the paint, outrebounding the Panthers by a 44-29 margin and outscoring PSU in the paint 32-14.


            Up Next:

  • The Panthers host Southern Maine at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 15) in another LEC contest, while Eastern Connecticut welcomes Emmanuel to town for a non-conference showdown on Monday (Jan. 13) at 7:00 p.m.



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