January 10, 2012

Women's Basketball Records First Conference Win of the Season

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a career-high 24 points from freshman Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) women's basketball (4-9, 1-3 Little East) notched their first conference win of the season as they defeated Plymouth State University (2-10, 0-4 Little East) by the final score of 64-43 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.

Perra, fueled the Beacons balanced offense with her 8-of-18 shooting, which included three 3-pointers, and a perfect 5-of-5 showing at the line.  Also playing a major part in the win was junior Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) who notched her first collegiate double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.  Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) also managed a double-double as the 6'2" center recorded 11 points and 11 boards.  Senior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) was the game's leading rebounder with 13.

For the Panthers they saw Colleen O'Hara finish with a team-best 17 points and eight rebounds.  Krystin Corliss finished second on the team in scoring with nine points as she was 3-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-3 from behind the arc, and 1-for-2 at the line.  Defensively Michaela Galvin tallied five of the Panthers 14 steals, and also handed four assists.

In the opening minutes to the two teams were battling for control of the lead and the early momentum.  Plymouth State took an early lead following an O'Hara 3-pointer, but that deficit was quickly erased due to a 12-0 run by the Beacons.  Fueling the run was Pina who dropped in six points during the offensive spark.

Down but not out, the Panthers quickly clawed their way back into the game retaking the lead with less than six minutes before the half.  Scoring the then go-ahead basket was Kellie Walsh off of a Tiffany Lewis offensive rebound. 

UMass Boston would put a stop to the Panthers run with a Perra 3-pointer with less than six minutes left in the half.  Her basket would spark another Beacons run that saw UMass enter the halftime break with a six point lead. 

It was after the break, that the Beacons really began to fire on all cylinders.  Through the first 10 minutes of play, the score remained close but with the Beacons firmly in control of the scoreboard.  In the final seven minutes of the half is when things really took off for UMass Boston, as they pushed their lead to double-figures.  That late push would seal the Beacons first conference win of the season.

Women's basketball returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Bridgewater State University for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game.  The Panthers will be in action on Saturday when they Western Connecticut State University at 1 p.m.