PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) scored 16 points and senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) added 15 points and 12 rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 76-65 victory over Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
PSU won for the second time in three days to improve to 5-8 overall and 3-2 in conference play, while WCSU fell to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in the LEC. The Colonials had a 47-39 rebounding advantage but couldn’t overcome a 31.0 shooting percentage and 27 turnovers.
With Western leading by one with 6:24 to play in the opening half, PSU rattled off 14 straight points (by five different players) to take a 35-22 advantage, and ended up with a 41-29 lead at the break. The Panthers maintained a double-digit margin most of the second half, leading by as much as 16 points (48-32), before the Colonials rallied to cut the deficit to single digits (66-57) with three minutes remaining. Plymouth State held off the visitors by making eight of nine free throws down the stretch.
MacDonald, who scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, added four assists and five steals to her performance. Devereaux posted her second straight double-double, including a season-high 12 boards, and junior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points off the Panther bench.
Freshman Gina Piroscafo (Naugatuck, Conn.) led the Colonials with 13 points, while classmate Lucy Sprung (Wilmington, Vt.) recorded a double-double off the bench with 10 points and a game-high 13 rounds. Freshman Brittany Downing (New Haven, Conn.) chipped in with eight points and eight boards.
Both teams face their archrivals in conference match-ups on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., PSU visiting Keene State and WCSU returning home to host Eastern Connecticut.
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