January 10, 2009






Providence, RIóPlymouth State junior guard Katie Sunderland (Londonderry, NH) sank a jump shot from the corner with 10 seconds left to help the Panthers defeat Rhode Island College, 62-60, in Little East Conference womenís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. Sunderland knocked down the game-tying free throw with 1:01 remaining in the game to set up her heroics as the shot clock wound down.




The Anchorwomen fall to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in the LEC, while the Panthers improve to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in league action.




Rhode Island College opened the game on a three-pointer by junior forward Cassi Malec (Glocester, RI) and maintained a six-point advantage, 20-14, on a Malec trey with 11:36 left in the half.



Junior Forward Cassi Malec



The Panthers ran off eight unanswered points to take the lead, 22-20, at 9:57, capped by freshman guard Michaela Galvinís (Windham, NH) three-pointer and jumper. The visitors extended the lead to a game-high 11 points, 36-25, over the next six minutes. Galvin and senior forward Kayla Morin (Pascoag, RI) notched three-pointers during the run. RIC closed the gap to seven points at the half, 38-31.


The Anchorwomen slowly trimmed the Panthers advantage down to a mere one point, 44-43, with 12:48 left in the game. Malec scored seven points and made three steals during the run. RIC was finally able to tie the game, 49-49, on a junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) free throw with 9:44 remaining.


Plymouth State was able to hold off RIC from gaining the lead for the next four minutes, until senior guard Tyla Martinís (Cumberland, RI) three-pointer put the Anchorwomen on top, 53-52, at 5:37. The lead alternated until PSU junior forward Laura Kent (Bellingham, MA) hit a layup and jump shot on back-to-back possessions to extend the advantage to three, 58-55, with 2:48 left.


RICís Boyd drilled a three-pointer to give the Anchorwomen a one point lead, 60-59, just prior to Sunderlandís free throw and game-winning shot.


Kent finished with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, while Morin and Galvin also reached double figures with 14 and 11, respectively.


Malec and freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led the Anchorwomen with 14 points apiece. Boyd logged 10 points, four boards and four assists, while freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) grabbed nine rebounds.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue the Little East Conference circuit on Tuesday, Jan. 13 when the Anchorwomen square off against Southern Maine.