KEENE, N.H. – Sophomore Bri Barnes (Merrimack, N.H.) scored 16 points and Sarah Begnoche (Millville, Mass.) finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds Tuesday night as Keene State College overcame a sluggish first half to post an 80-58 Little East Conference women’s basketball victory over rival Plymouth State University at Spaulding Gym.
Keene State improves to 10-5 (4-2 LEC) while Plymouth State (5-9, 3-3 LEC) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end.
Plymouth State took its largest lead in the first half (24-15) on a basket by sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) at the 6:20 mark. KSC came back to tie the game 35-all at the break. Barnes, who had 14 first half points, buried a three-point shot in the closing seconds of the half. The Panthers had a decided 32-14 edge in rebounds in the first half.
It was a different story for Keene State in the second half. Taking their first lead (40-37) on a three-pointer by Bekka Hopkins (Oxford, Mass.) three minutes into the half, the Owls later put the game a way with a 12-2 run to take a 18 point (62-44) lead. Mary Crawford (Mount Holly, Vt.) began the run with a three-pointer, and Hopkins closed it with three of four free throws after the Panther bench was hit with a pair of technical fouls.
Hopkins finished with 12 points, Stacey Morse (Lebanon, N.H.) added 11 points, and Crawford ended up with 10 points to round out the double-figure scorers for KSC.
Senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) led the Panthers with 12 points and eight rebounds and freshman Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) added with 11 points for PSU.
Keene State travels to UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday, while PSU will be at Rhode Island College. The PSU-RIC game on Saturday will be broadcast on the Anchormen website. For more information, click on http://www.ric.edu/athletics/index.html.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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