Earle leads Panthers in LEC setback
KEENE, N.H. – Freshman Bella Earle (Manchester, N.H.) came off the bench to lead Plymouth State University with 12 points, but Keene State College used an overpowering first half to earn a 56-31 win in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at Spaulding Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
The Owls limited PSU to just two field goals in the first half while building a 41-10 lead at the break. Plymouth State clawed back in the second half, limiting Keene to single digits in both the third and fourth quarters, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
Plymouth State drops to 4-16 and 0-11 in the LEC, while Keene improves to 7-14 and 6-6 in conference play.
Plymouth State 31, Keene State 56
Plymouth State (4-16, 0-11 LEC)
Keene State (7-14, 6-6 LEC)
How it Happened.
- Both teams got off to slow starts as a pair of Keene free throws stood as the only point over the first five minutes.
- The Owls extended the lead to 16-0 before freshman Bella Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) put the Panthers on the board with her jumper.
- The hosts pushed the advantage to 29-3 midway through the second quarter.
- The teams played roughly even over the next five minutes, with freshman Jalen Cook (Monkton, Vt.) adding four points as PSU went into halftime facing a 41-10 deficit.
- PSU held the Owls to just seven third quarter points, while Earle drained a triple while scoring seven straight points for the Panthers to cut the margin to 48-21 entering the final quarter.
- The Panthers' defense put together another strong ten minutes to limit Keene to eight fourth-quarter points, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
Inside the Numbers:
- Earle accounted for half of the Panthers' field goals to finish as PSU's leading scorer with 12.
- Cook chipped in with seven points and three rebounds, while senior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) added six points.
- Freshman Autumn Nelson (Weare, N.H.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, as classmate Alessia Salzillo (Saugus, Mass.) added nine boards.
- PSU hosts UMass Dartmouth in another LEC contest on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 1:00 p.m.
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