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Panthers hold off UMass Boston

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team fell short of pulling off an upset of Little East Conference foe Plymouth State College Saturday, as the Panthers had five players score in double-digits en-route to a 70-65 victory at the Clark Athletic Center on the UMass Boston campus.

The Beacons fall to 8-12 overall and 2-10 in the Little East, while Plymouth State improves to 15-6 and 8-4 in the LEC.

Senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) and sophomore Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) put up double-doubles for Plymouth State, Zagorski with 13 points and 11 boards and Pelletier with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Kate Fillion (Littleton, N.H.) also finished the afternoon with 13 points, sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) added 11 and classmate Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) came off the bench to chip in with 10.

UMass Boston owned a 52-51 edge with 6:48 to play in the game, before Zagorski capped an 11-5 Panther run with a lay-up for a 53-52 lead with 6:26 to play. Zagorski scored five points during the run. Junior Dana Wilson (Jacksonville, FL) hit a jumper with 4:40 to go in the game to even the score at 55-55, but Fillion ignited a 15-10 Panther run with a three-pointer to close out the game for Plymouth State. Fillion chipped in with seven points during the stretch.

UMass Boston took an 11-6 lead, with 16:16 showing in the first half, to open the game). The Panthers shot right back with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 13-11 advantage with 13:28 left in the first session. The teams played it close until Pelletier knocked down a three-pointer to give Plymouth State its largest lead of the half at 25-20 with 5:15 to play in the first half. The Beacons responded with a 10-2 run and took a 30-27 lead and maintained the margin into halftime.

The Panthers regained the lead early in the second frame on an Albert layup with 18:20 on the second half clock for a 34-32 lead, but UMass Boston outscored PSC over the next eight minutes, 15-8 to take its largest lead of the contest at 47-42 with 10:19 remaining in the game.

Smith led all scorers with a game-high 17 points for the UMB, including five made three-pointers. Junior Seiko Kudo (Sannohe-gun Aomori, Japan) hit for 15 points on 6-11 shooting, including 3-5 from three-point range. Sophomore center Andreen Gilpin (Boston, MA) posted her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-best 17 boards. UMB ripped down a whopping 68 rebounds for the game, 18 more than PSC.

PSC is back in action Tuesday (Feb. 13) in the final regular season home game against LEC-leading Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.). The Panthers have won 15 straight at Foley Gymnasium, including all nine this season.

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