-- Practically playing in her back yard, junior Kaitlin Linehan (South Boston, Mass./Savio Prep) recorded a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds Saturday afternoon, leading the Plymouth State University women's basketball team to a 78-71 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference game at UMB's Clark Athletic Center.
The Panthers stopped a two-game skid and upped their record to 10-12 overall and 5-7 in LEC play (fifth place), while the Beacons fell to 9-14 overall and 3-9 in the Little East.
PSU took a 5-3 lead three minutes into the game and never trailed again. The Panthers ripped off 13 straight points to take a 24-11 advantage midway through the first half, but UMB came back with a 15-4 burst later in the half to cut the deficit to 33-30 with 5:23 on the clock. PSU held UMB off for the remainder of the half, leading by as many as eight points and settling for a 46-38 margin at the break.
The Panthers slowly pulled away in the second half, taking their largest lead of the game (70-54) with eight minutes left in the game. Plymouth State held onto a 74-60 lead with 1:51 remaining before the Beacons made a late charge with an 11-2 run to cut the margin to five points (76-71) with 25 seconds to play, but the clock ran out on the Beacons' comeback.
Linehan finished 7-of-13 from the floor for her season-high 18 points. It matched her career best which she set against Colby-Sawyer on Jan. 22, 2004. Senior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 15 points and six boards in 17 minutes off the bench, her fourth double-figure-scoring effort in the last six games, and junior Ashley White (Merrimack, N.h.) chipped in with nine points, six rebounds and five assists.
Sophomore LaKeisha D. Tucker (Pawtucket, R.I.) led the Beacons with 21 points, while sophomore Alicia Querusio (Somerville, Mass.) came off the bench to net 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Junior Lydia Coverdale (Malden, Mass.) also contributed with 11 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals.
The teams now head into the final week of the regular season. PSU hosts archrival Keene State on Tuesday at Foley Gymnasium (5:30 p.m.) and wraps up things up Saturday at home against Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.) The Beacons travel to Southern Maine on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) and conclude the regular season Saturday at Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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