PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) scored 19 points Saturday, leading Plymouth State College's women's basketball team to a 76-67 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
The victory improves PSC to 14-7 overall and 7-5 in conference action, while UMB drops to 12-10 overall and 5-7 in the LEC. With one week remaining in the regular season, the Panthers are still in position to have home-court advantage in the opening round of the conference tournament, which begins on Feb. 19th.
Both teams came out firing on offense, as PSC hit six of its first eight shots and UMB drained seven of its first nine. Both teams cooled though, as the Panthers shot 38 percent for the game and the Beacons finished at 36 percent.
Plymouth State built a seven-point lead midway through the first 20 minutes, and held a four-point bulge at halftime. Leading by three points with 12 minutes left in the second half, the Panthers held UMB scoreless for nearly six minutes, rattling off 15 unanswered points to turn a 52-49 lead into a 67-49 advantage before coasting the rest of the way.
Albert collected nine rebounds for PSC to go along with her 19 points. She also moved into fourth place on the school's career scoring list with 1,065 points. The Panthers got 14 points from senior Tammi Waters (Wilmington, Vt.) and 10 points from junior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.), while junior Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) contributed six points, six assists and a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Beacons were led by senior Keyanna Smith (Jamaica Plain, Mass.), who hit five three-point field goals and finished with a game-high 21 points. Juniors Felicia Haynes (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Andreen Gilpin (Boston, Mass.) turned in double-doubles for UMB, with Haynes finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Gilpin registering 13 points and 12 boards. Junior Jamila Gales (Boston, Mass.) also contributed nine points and 12 rebounds.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season with three games this week - Tuesday at Keene State (5:30 p.m.), Thursday at home against Eastern Nazarene College (6:00 p.m.), and Saturday at home against Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.).