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January 11, 2005

UMass Boston defeats PSU Women’s Basketball

BOSTON, Mass.

- Junior Agata Matel (Dorchester, Mass.) scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Tuesday evening to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team over Plymouth State University, 85-70, in a Little East Conference game at the Clark Athletic Center.

              The Beacons, who improve to 4-7 on the season and 1-3 in the LEC, have now defeated PSU two straight after losing the previous 31 in a row.  The Panthers dropped their fourth straight outing to fall to fall to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

              Plymouth State scored the game's first seven points, but the Beacons shot back with 11 unanswered points, paced by eight points from Matel.  UMB, which didn't trail the rest of the contest, would lead by as many as 13 in the opening half, before going into the break with a 37-31 lead.

              The Beacons extended their lead to 45-35 with 15:42 to go in the second half, but Plymouth State went on a 9-2 burst to close to within three (47-44) with 12:11 remaining.  UMB responded with 11 of the next 14 points to build a 58-47 lead, but the Panthers whittled the margin back down to five at 62-57 with 7:03 left.  The Beacons pulled away, however, ripping off 11 straight points, paced by seven from sophomore Kristen Reske (Duxbury, Mass.), to put the game out of reach and give UMass Boston a 73-57 lead with 3:50 left in the game.

              Matel was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor to pace the Beacons' 51.7 percent (30-58) shooting effort and also made seven of eight from the line, while rejecting a game-high four shots.  Sophomore Erin Town (East Taunton, Mass.) posted a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds.  All five Beacon starters scored in double figures as junior Lydia Coverdale (Malden, Mass.) registered a double-double with a game-high 10 assists in addition to 12 points, and freshman Jennifer Bennett (Lake Luzerne, N.Y.) contributed 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

              Senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) led Plymouth State with 14 points, while sophomore Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) dropped in 13 points to go with six rebounds and four assists.  Freshman Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) finished the night with 10 points, five boards, four assists and three thefts.

              PSU returns home to host UMaine Farmington in a non-conference affair Thursday evening (5:30 p.m.) at Foley Gymnasium, and entertains Western Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in an LEC clash.

  (Courtesy of UMB Sports Information)

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