PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore forward Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored a career-high 17 points and collected nine rebounds Saturday afternoon, leading Plymouth State University to a 78-71 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The outcome marked PSU’s 14th consecutive victory over the Corsairs. PSU improves to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in LEC action, while UMD drops to 1-7 and 0-1.
Susat, who had a career-best 16 points and 17 boards earlier in the week in a win over New England College, continued her hot hand Saturday, hitting 6-of-9 from the floor to finish with 17 points in 23 minutes. She led a balanced Panther attack, as senior guard Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) contributed 12 points and six rebounds, and freshman Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) added 12 points and nine boards.
Junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) and sophomore Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) also scored nine points apiece, with Devereaux finishing with a team-high 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Sarah Lynch (Lakeville, Mass.) and junior Bridget Bowes (Mansfield, Mass.) led the visitors, scoring 17 points apiece. Junior Casey Ridge (Quincy, Mass.) added 12 points and eight assists, and freshman Katie Lunnin (South Boston, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
After trading baskets for the first 12 minutes of the game, PSU went on an 18-8 run over the next eight minutes to take a 33-23 lead at the break. The Panthers extended their lead to 17 points (40-23) early in the second half, but the Corsairs hung in there, despite some poor shooting. UMD battled back and pulled to within two points (63-61) with four minutes to play. PSU tightened up down the stretch and pulled away in the final minutes.
PSU shot 47 percent from the field in the game while holding the Corsairs to a 29 percent clip, and the Panthers had a 58-39 advantage on the boards.
After breaking for final exams and the holidays, the Panthers are back in action on Sunday, Jan. 4, with a non-conference game at Johnson & Wales. UMD returns to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Connecticut College.
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