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January 13, 2004

PSU Women’s Basketball dumps UMB

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University's women's basketball team extended its winning streak over the University of Massachusetts Boston to 31 games Tuesday night with a 76-59 Little East Conference victory at Foley Gymnasium.

The Panthers, whose streak over the Beacons dates back to Feb. 17, 1988, evened its season record at 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the LEC. UMass Boston drops to 4-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

The Panthers used a balanced scoring attack to dump the Beacons, with five players scoring in double figures. Freshman Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) led the way with a career-high 18 points off the bench, hitting 7-of-10 from the field. Junior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) contributed her first career double-double, scoring a career-best 17 points and matching her all-time high with 10 rebounds.

Other Panthers to score at least 10 points included senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) with 13, sophomore Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) with 11, and junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) with 10.

Freshman Denise Ridge (Milton, Mass.) led the visitors with 14 points and eight boards off the Beacons bench. Senior Indya Mitchell (Weymouth, Mass.) chipped in with 13 points.

The Panthers led the entire game, but had trouble shaking the Beacons. PSU had a nine-point advantage (23-14) midway through the first half, but UMB battled back to within one (27-26) and the teams went into the break with the hosts leading by three (31-28).

Plymouth State scored the first eight points of the second half to open up an 11-point margin (39-28), but again the Beacons battled back, taking their first lead of the game (46-45) with 12 minutes remaining. But PSU answered with a 19-5 surge to assume a 65-50 advantage with five minutes left, and the Panthers coasted home the rest of the way.

PSU dominated the boards, outrebounding the Beacons 55-29, but struggled with 23 turnovers. The Panthers connected on 46 percent from the field while holding UMB to a 30 percent shooting clip.

The Panthers are home again Thursday with a non-conference match-up against Saint Joseph's (Maine) at 5:30 p.m. UMass Boston plays again Thursday at Suffolk (7:00 p.m.).

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