PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Eastern Connecticut State University outscored Plymouth State University 16-10 in the second overtime Saturday afternoon to pull out a dramatic 100-94 victory in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The game was close the entire way, with neither team leading by more than six points through regulation play. The 79-79 deadlock at the end of 40 minutes was the 14th tie of the contest, and the 84-all score after the first extra frame was the 16th.
Junior Lindsey Karsmarski (Meriden, Conn.) took over for the Warriors in the second OT, hitting a pair of three-pointers as well as two free throws to help seal the outcome. ECSU improves to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the LEC, while PSU falls to 3-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Senior Sarah McDonald (Weymouth, Mass.) led the Warriors with 31 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Sophomore Michelle Bruneau (Cheshire, Conn.) added 18 points and Karsmarski contributed 13 points. Freshman Bridget Durette (Seymour, Conn.) also scored 13 points and junior Katie Kline (North Brookfield, Mass.) chipped in with 10.
Senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) led the Panthers with a career-high 26 points, connecting on 9-of-12 from the field. Freshman Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) scored 15 points, sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) added 14, and freshman Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) finished with 11.
ECSU shot 50 percent as a team (35-of-70) while PSU connected on 45.8 percent from the floor. The visitors had a 48-38 advantage on the boards, helping Eastern defeat PSU for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday with an LEC affair at UMass Boston (5:30 p.m.). Eastern Conn. returns home to host UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.)
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