PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Plymouth State University used a 10-0 run in the second half to earn a 64-59 win over UMass Boston women's basketball Wednesday evening.
Plymouth State University 64, UMass Boston 59
(UMass Boston 6-8, Little East 2-2)
(Plymouth State 2-8, Little East 1-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Panthers, who had not won a conference game since January 14, 2014, used a double-double from senior Kayla Wyland to snap their long losing streak.
Wyland finished with a team-high 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting and added 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action. Fellow senior Annaliese Schmidt added 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Maddy Beatrice tacked on eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Junior Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) led all scorers with 17 points on 8-of-20 shooting and added three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) finished with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) just missed out on a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Plymouth State used a big advantage from the free throw line and a bad shooting night by the Beacons from distance, to come away with the win.
The Panthers knocked down a season-high 20 free throws on a season-best 37 attempts (54.1 percent), while the Beacons ended the night hitting just 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) free throws. On the flip side, UMass Boston tied their season-low with three made 3-point attempts and connected at a season-worst 15 percent clip.
Neither side was able to pull away until Plymouth State stretched their lead out to 11 with 4:56 to play.
UMass Boston held a slight edge throughout much of the first two quarters and threatened to run away with the game late in the second. Trailing 20-19, UMass Boston went on a 7-0 run to grab their largest lead of the game at 26-20. Geary, Mathieu and Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) all hit layups during the stretch to give the Beacons a two-possesion lead with 1:59 to play.
Plymouth State wouldn't go away though, as they responded with a 6-0 run of their own, to go into the break trailing 28-26.
The Panthers would be the next team to go on a big run, as they closed the third quarter with a 6-0 flurry to make it 47-42 in favor of the hosts.
After a long scoreless stretch to start the fourth, Plymouth State tacked on four more points to earn a 51-42 edge with 6:26 to play. By the time Geary hit a layup at 6:12 to end the 10-0 run, UMass Boston had been held scoreless for 6:17.
The Beacons had a comeback effort in them though, as they cut the deficit to five points (58-53) with 2:27 left on back-to-back threes from Mathieu and Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.).
The two teams would trade points over the next two minutes, until two missed free throws gave the Beacons a chance to tie the game. With the Beacons trailing 62-59 and 11 seconds left, Geary drove and kicked the ball out to Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) but the junior's 3-pointer bounced just short. Cassidy Emerson clinched the win by hitting a pair of free throws with eight seconds left.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston ended the night shooting 37.3 percent (25-of-67), while Plymouth State hit 38.3 percent (21-of-54) of their looks.
- The Panthers held a slight 45-41 edge on the boards, while UMass Boston earned the edge in points in the paints (40-20) and points off turnovers (13-10).
- Kelsey finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
- Plymouth State improved to 45-20 all-time against the Beacons. Plymouth State's last two conference wins have come against UMass Boston.
UMass Boston will look to turn things around quickly, as they take on two-time defending LEC Conference Champion Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beacons and Warriors have squared off in each of the past LEC Tournament Titles games.