February 15, 2014

Women's Basketball Downs Plymouth State 64-54

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Spurred by a 22-point half-time advantage, UMass Boston women's basketball (13-10-, 4-8 Little East) earned their first Little East Conference road victory of the season with a 64-54 win over Plymouth State University (2-19, 1-11 Little East) Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.

Senior Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) led UMass Boston with 14 points and a game-high five assists to help the Beacons move into sixth-place in the Little East with two games to play in the regular season.

Freshman Mallory Nelson (Topsham, Maine) joined Suffredini in double-figures with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) reached double-digits for the first point this season, with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench. 

Kirsten Morrison, who started just her third game of the season, finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the Beacons who snapped a five-game conference losing streak. Senior Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) turned in a strong all-around performance, recording four points, a game-high nine rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of action.

Krystin Corliss (19 points) and DeAsia Lawrence (15 points) paced the host Panthers who dropped their ninth-consecutive contest. 

UMass Boston cruised to the big road victory by shooting 50 percent in the first half to run out to a 36-14 lead. While the Beacons knocked down 13-of-26 shots and 4-of-7 three-point attempts, Plymouth State knocked down just 19.2 percent (5-of-26) of their field-goal attempts.

The huge lead was necessary, as Plymouth State knocked down 55.2 percent of their attempts in the second half, to outscore UMass Boston 40-28 in the second stanza.

After Taylor Perry cut the Beacons early lead to 6-4, UMass Boston began to create some breathing room behind a 20-2 run. The Beacons scored the first 10 points on layups or free throws, before Suffredini and fellow senior Shelby Buck (Greenfield, Ohio) knocked down a pair of threes to give UMass Boston a 24-6 advantage with 4:29 to play in the half.

Suffredini and Buck continued to pile it on with another pair of threes, as UMass Boston closed out the half with a 12-3 flurry to earn a 36-14 lead at the break.

UMass Boston would extend the lead to as many 24 on a Nelson layup early in the half, before the Panthers began cutting into the Beacons lead.

Plymouth State used a 12-2 run midway through the half to cut the deficit to 55-42 but the Beacons managed to make 5-of-9 free throws down the stretch to earn 64-54 victory.

UMass Boston will return home Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. for their Senior Day game when they host the University of Southern Maine.