PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College continued its women's basketball domination of the University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday evening, defeating the Beacons for the 29th consecutive time, 86-73, in a Little East Conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
The win also stopped PSC's four-game losing skid this season, improving the Panthers to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. UMB dropped to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the LEC. PSC has not lost to UMass Boston in women's basketball since a 69-56 verdict on Feb. 17, 1988.
The Panthers used a balanced attack to knock off the visitors. Senior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) hit 8-of-12 from the floor to finish with a team-high 18 points, and classmate Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) added 16 points and seven assists. Senior forward Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds, and senior Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) overcame a 5-for-21 shooting night to finish with 13 points.
The Beacons were led by senior forward Andreen Gilpin (Boston, Mass.) and senior guard Felicia Haynes (Hyde Park, Mass.), who both recorded double-doubles. Gilpin scored a game-high 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, and Haynes tossed in 19 points and collected 10 boards. Senior center Jamila Gales (Boston, Mass.) added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Beacons.
Plymouth State had a strong first half, taking an 18-4 lead just five minutes into the game and increasing its lead to 20 points (36-16) with 7:35 to go before the break. PSC settled for a 55-32 lead at intermission, as Pelletier scored all 16 of her points in the first half.
The hosts maintained a 20-point advantage for most of the second half, leading 79-59 with 6:54 remaining. The Beacons outscored PSC 14-7 over the final seven minutes, but it was too little, too late.
The Panthers play their next two games on the road - Thursday in a non-conference affair at St. Joseph's College (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday in a LEC contest at Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.).