PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kari Simpson (Wells, Maine) registered 18 points and 12 rebounds Sunday afternoon to lead the University of Maine Farmington to a 75-65 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference women’s basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
Simpson, who scored 10 of her 18 points from the free throw line, led a group of four Beavers who scored in double figures. Senior Karen Sirois (Augusta, Maine) and freshman Caitlyn Laflin (Farmingdale, Maine) contributed 16 points apiece, and sophomore Amanda Byrne (Winslow, Maine) chipped in with 12 points.
Plymouth State used a balanced offense, with 12 players getting into the scoring column. Senior Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) was the only Panther to reach double figures with 13 points. Freshman Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) provided eight points and a team-high nine rebounds off the Panther bench, and junior Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) was next-highest with seven points.
The visitors took control of the contest midway through the first half, pulling away to a 10-point advantage (21-11) with six minutes on the clock. PSU stayed in the game but it was a 34-21 UMF lead at the break.
The Beavers led by double digits most of the second half, and held their biggest margin, 21 points (63-42) with less than eight minutes remaining. But the Panthers would not give up, outscoring UMF 21-7 over the next six minutes, to pull to within seven points (70-63) with 1:45 on the clock. The Beavers held on down the stretch, pulling out the win by making five of six free throws in the final minute.
PSU, which had its three-game winning streak stopped, fell to 4-8 overall, while UMF won its fourth in a row to improve to 7-2. The Panthers return to Little East Conference action Tuesday with a visit to UMass Boston (5:30 p.m.), while the Beavers return home to host Bowdoin on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.)
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