PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) hit a free throw with four seconds remaining Tuesday evening, lifting the Plymouth State University women's basketball team to a 65-64 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference match-up at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers stopped a three-game losing skid, improving to 5-7 overall and evening their conference mark at 2-2. They also snapped a three-game losing streak to UMB, which fell to 7-5 on the season, 1-3 in the LEC.
PSU used a balanced scoring offense to pull out the win. Junior Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) finished with 10 points apiece to lead the winners, while freshman Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) added nine points and juniors McKenzie Ferguson (Conway, N.H.) and Kaitlin Linehan (South Boston, Mass.) chipped in with eight points apiece.
UMB also had balanced scoring, with junior Lydia Coverdale (Malden, Mass.) finishing with a game-high 14 points, and junior Kristen Reske (Duxbury, Mass.) and sophomores Alicia Querusio (Somerville, Mass.) and LaKeisha Tucker (Pawtucket, R.I.) tossing in 12 points apiece.
MaDonald's free throw finished off an exciting ending to the game. The teams traded the lead four times in the final two minutes, with each team having opportunities to win the game. A free throw by the visitors with 51 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 64-all.
It was anyone's game in the first half, with 18 lead changes and PSU clinging to a three-point margin (38-35) at the break. The Panthers pushed their lead up to 11 points (50-39) with 13 minutes to play in the second half, but the Beacons went on a 22-10 burst to take a 61-60 lead with less than two minutes remaining and setting up the exciting finish.
PSU returns to the court Saturday with an LEC contest at Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.) UMB returns home to host Rhode Island College in a conference game on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
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