Jan. 12, 2010

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Alicia Doucet (Manchester, NH) scored 18 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Plymouth State University women's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 60-41, this evening in a Little East Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Panthers improve to 11-3 overall and 2-2 in Little East Conference play, while the Beacons fall to 4-8 and 0-4.

Sophomore forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) made a lay-up to pull UMass Boston to within 22-18 with 3:54 to play in the first half, before Plymouth State scored the half's final nine points to take a 31-18 lead at the intermission.

Senior forward Laura Kent (Bellingham, MA) completed a three-point play with a free throw to increase the Panthers' advantage to 39-23 with 16:45 showing in the second half, but the Beacons put together a 12-4 run, fueled by a pair of three-pointers from freshman guard Kate Levy (Falmouth, MA), to cut the deficit to 43-35 with 11:55 to play in the game. UMass Boston stayed within 48-39 with 5:15 showing on the second half clock, but Plymouth State closed out the game on a 12-2 burst to cruise to the victory.

The Panthers jumped out to a 7-2 early lead, paced by five points from Doucet, with 17:55 to play in the opening half, before the Beacons came back with a 6-1 spurt to take an 8-7 edge with 15:40 to go in the stanza. Plymouth State reclaimed the lead with five straight points capped by a trifecta from senior guard Gretchen Fritch (South Boston, MA) to take a 12-8 advantage with 13:44 left in the first half, but UMass Boston responded with five unanswered points of its own from Levy to give the home team a 13-12 lead. It would be the Beacons last lead of the game as the Panthers went on a 10-4 run to take a 22-16 bulge with 4:20 to play in the first session.

Defense was the theme of the night with Plymouth State holding UMass Boston to just 29.6% (16-54) shooting from the floor and the Beacons allowing just a 37.1% (23-62) shooting night from the Panthers. Plymouth State also forced 20 turnovers and outscored UMass Boston, 21-7, in points off turnovers.

Doucet added two assists and a pair of blocks to her outing for the Panthers, while Kent netted 15 points on 6-9 from the floor, grabbed eight rebounds, dished for three assists, made a steal and blocked a shot. Fritch finished the night with 12 points, two assists, a rebound and a steal, while senior guard Kalie Judd (Peabody, MA) led all playmakers with six assists in addition to two points, five rebounds and three steals.

Levy led the Beacons with 15 points and added three rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist, while freshman guard Sarah McDonough (Weymouth, MA) came off the bench to score seven points, pull down a career-high 11 rebounds and hand out two assists. Freshman guard Elizabeth Dow (Marshfield, MA) also chipped in with five points, 10 boards, two assists and a steal.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Thursday, January 14 when it travels to Bridgewater, MA for a 5:30 p.m. tilt with Bridgewater State College, while Plymouth State hosts Johnson State College on January 14 at 6:00 p.m.