PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored a season-high 22 points Thursday evening as Plymouth State University’s women’s basketball team rolled to an 80-27 non-conference victory over Johnson & Wales University at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers jumped out to a double-digit lead (13-2) less than six minutes into the game, and had a 21-point margin (27-6) with eight minutes remaining in the first half. PSU owned a 22-point margin (40-18) at halftime, and a 26-2 run for PSU to open the second half removed whatever doubt was remaining.
PSU has won four of its last six games to improve to 7-10 overall. The Wildcats, who dropped their first 13 games before defeating Rivier in their last outing, dropped to 1-14.
Oswalt converted 8-of-11 field goal attempts and 6-of-7 from the free throw line, finishing with 22 points to match the second-highest output of her career. She scored 24 points in a win at UMass Dartmouth on Dec. 7, 2002.
The Panthers also got a season-high 16 points off the bench from junior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.), and 10 points and six boards from senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.). Sophomore Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) also contributed seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Freshman Nicole Laferriere (Windham, N.H.) led the visitors with nine points, and junior Dawn Knowles (Dexter, N.Y.) added eight.
PSU shot 44.8 percent from the field while holding JWU to an 18.5 percent shooting clip. The Panthers also had a substantial 53-33 advantage on the boards.
Plymouth State continues its four-game home stand Saturday with a Little East Conference tilt against UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.) The Wildcats return home to host Norwich on Saturday.
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