Worcester, Mass. -- Salem State's Liz Zaiter poured in a game-high 17 points, but Worcester State claimed a 70-59 victory over the Vikings Wednesday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action at John P. Brissette Court.
With the win, the Lancers improve to 14-8 overall on the season and 5-4 in MASCAC action. Salem State drops to 6-16 and 3-7 in the league.
Worcester State celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day on the evening. Prior to the game, each Lancer was accompanied onto the floor by a woman in their life that influenced their athletic careers. Players were joined by their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and other role models. At half time, the conference champion Worcester State field hockey and women's soccer teams were honored for their achievements.
Neither team gave an inch in the opening quarter, as the Lancers and Vikings reached the end of one knotted at 14-14. Worcester State freshman Elizabeth Gallella as well as Salem State's Courtney Paschal and Tatianna Iacoviello all recorded a game-high five points in the quarter.
Worcester State took control in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 22-12 to take a 36-26 lead into the locker room. Lancer senior Mya Mosley nearly matched Salem State's point total in the period, scoring 10 points to lead all scorers with 12 at the break.
A pair of Charlotte MacMillan three-pointers in the third quarter helped Worcester State remain in control headed to the fourth. The Lancers topped Salem State 18-14 in the third to take a 54-40 lead, led by eight points from MacMillan.
Salem State outscored Worcester State 19-16 in the fourth quarter, but the rally proved to be far too little too late as the Lancers secured the win. Paschal scored eight points to lead all players in the fourth, while Sarah Blomgren scored seven to lead Worcester.
Paschal and Mosley each scored 16 points for their respective teams, while Gallella chipped in 14 for Worcester State.
(Courtesy Worcester State Sports Information)