BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team was defeated by Plymouth State College, 68-65, Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the Little East Conference, while the Panthers improve to 10-2 and 3-1.
Junior Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) led Plymouth State College with 18 points and five assists and in the process became the school's all-time career leader in assists with 259. She set the new standard with a dish to classmate Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) with 24 seconds left to play in the contest. The old mark of 258 was held by Kristen Hodsdon (1992-95) and Becca Thomson (1993-96). Both Hodsdon and Thomson are former teammates and roommates of current PSC head coach Lauren Lavigne.
Junior Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) canned a pair of free throws at 4:57 of the second half to increase the Plymouth State lead to 59-51, but UMass Boston chipped away with a 14-7 run, capped by three free throws from senior guard Seiko Kudo (Sannohe-gun Aomori, Japan) to slice the Panthers' lead to one with 10 seconds left in the game. Pelletier converted a pair of free-bees with seven seconds to go in regulation and give PSC a 68-65 lead, before a three-pointer by freshman UMass Boston guard Elizabeth Loewen (Readville, MA) was no good to end the game.
Junior guard Felicia Haynes (Hyde Park, MA) posted a monster double-double for the Beacons with season-highs of 24 points and 19 rebounds. She was 8-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line. Junior forward Andreen Gilpin (Boston, MA) ripped down 15 boards to go with nine points and five blocks, and classmate Jamila Gales (Boston, MA) dropped in 14 points while grabbing five rebounds for UMass Boston.
Pelletier was 5-of-10 from the floor for the Panthers, including 3-of-6 from three-point range and also hit all five of her free throw attempts, while pulling down eight caroms and collecting five steals. PSC junior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds and freshman Heidi McAllister Newport, N.H.) contributed with an economical 11 points in 11 minutes of action, hitting on 4-of-5 field goal tries to go with three rebounds.
PSC continues a five-game road swing Thursday with a non-conference encounter at Bowdoin (7:30 p.m.).