BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Kayla Wyland's 21 points the Panthers of Plymouth State University handed women's basketball a 63-59 Little East Conference loss Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 59, Plymouth State University 63
UMass Boston (9-14, 5-7 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State (6-15, 3-9 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a wild third quarter in which the Panthers went on a 20+ run to take the lead, the Beacons would cut into the deficit midway through the fourth. A pair of free throws by Grace Geary cut Plymouth State's lead to four with 4:20 to play.
Following a basket by Wyland which made it 53-47, the Beacons got a pair of jumpers from Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) which made it a one possession game (53-51) with 2:02 to go in regulation.
Wyland would once again drop in a hard fought lay-up to push the Panthers lead back to four. After two made free throws by Raven Kelsey, the Panthers got the shot they were looking for as DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence drained a huge 3-pointer as time on the shot clock was about to expire.
Geary would counter with a three of her own to make it 58-56 in favor of the Panthers with 13 seconds left. Wyland would then go 2-for-2 at the line to push the Panthers lead back to four. The Beacons would then turn the ball over on their next possession, forcing them to foul yet again.
The Panthers would connect three more times at the free throw line to make it 63-56. Geary would end the contest with a near half court three pointer as the Beacons were handed another tough conference loss.
Jordan, who was one of three seniors that were honored prior to the start of the game, dropped in a team-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. She would also 3-for-5 at the line. Fellow senior Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) collected nine rebounds and had six points and five assists, while classmate Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) finished with eight boards, nine points, and two blocked shots.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Plymouth State held a 44-42 advantage on the glass
- From the field UMass Boston shot 28.8% (21-73), while Plymouth State finished shooting 39.7% (23-58)
- Schmidt led the Panthers with 15 rebounds; Lawrence totaled 15 points and Emerson recorded 12 points in the win
- All-time Plymouth State leads the series with UMass Boston 46-20
- Edwards set the program with her 105th career game played on Saturday
The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game.