Feb. 14, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Amanda Kania (Manchester, NH) poured in a game-high 34 points, including 25 in the second half, to lead the Plymouth State University women's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 73-60, in a Little East Conference contest this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 4-19 overall and 1-11 in LEC play, while the Panthers improve to 15-8 and 5-7.
Plymouth State held just a three-point margin at halftime, but dominated the boards to the tune of 24-10 and converted 20 of 21 free throws for a startling 95.2% to pull away in the second half.
Sophomore forward Sharmayne Sturgis (Cambridge, MA) made a lay-up with 5:54 to go in the second half to pull UMass Boston to within 52-46, but the Panthers went on a blistering 13-2 run, fueled by nine points from Kania, to take their largest lead of the day at 65-48 with 2:05 remaining in the game. Senior forward Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA), the Beacons' lone senior, drained a three-pointer from the top of the key for her first and only trifecta attempt of her career to cap the day's scoring and make it 73-60.
Freshman guard Evyn Gregory-Stewart (Edgewater, NJ) drilled a three-pointer at the 14:11 mark of the opening half to give UMass Boston a 6-5 edge, but it would be the home team's last lead of the afternoon as Plymouth State scored the next 10 points to take a 15-6 advantage with 11:15 left in the first half. The Panthers maintained a 19-11 lead with 3:47 showing on the first half clock, before the Beacons put together a 9-2 run, capped by a three-point play completed by freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke), to cut the deficit to 21-20 with 22 ticks left in the first stanza. Junior guard Kalie Judd (Peabody, MA) made a jumper before the half expired to give Plymouth State a 23-20 intermission lead.
The Panthers began the second half, outscoring UMass Boston, 14-6, led by 10 points from Kania, to take a 37-26 lead with 13:08 to play in the half. Plymouth State maintained a 48-37 margin with 8:52 showing in the second session, before the Beacons scored seven of the next nine points, capped by a Gregory-Stewart three-pointer to make it 50-44 with 6:32 to go in the contest.
Kania was 12-19 from the floor, including 3-4 from three-point range and was a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds and a blocked shot for the Panthers. Freshman forward Alicia Doucet (Manchester, NH) dropped in nine points, made two steals, grabbed a rebound and blocked a shot in 16 minutes off the bench and junior forward Laura Kent (Bellingham, MA) finished a basket short of a double-double with eight points and 10 boards in addition to four assists, a steal and a block.
Langford led UMass Boston with 20 points on 7-13 from the field to match her career-high and added six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block, while Gregory-Stewart ended with 16 points on 6-12 from the floor, including four three-pointers to go with six rebounds and an assist. Meninger played the final home game of her career for the Beacons, which was game number 101 to place her third all-time and scored seven points on 3-5 from the floor to go with two rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks in 18 minutes of action.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, February 17 when it travels to North Dartmouth, MA to take on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference game at 5:30 p.m., while Plymouth State hosts University of Southern Maine on February 17 at 5:30 p.m.