PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior LaKiesha Tucker (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored a game-high 23 points Saturday afternoon, including the game-winning basket with 30 seconds remaining, as the University of Massachusetts Boston pulled out a 76-75 victory over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
The Beacons led by 10 points (63-53) with eight minutes to play in the second half before Plymouth State rallied with a 22-8 burst over the next seven minutes to take a four-point advantage (75-71) with a minute and a half to play. Tucker then scored the last five points of the game for UMB on a three-point basket and a jumper in the lane. The Beacons held off the Panthers in the closing seconds to improve to 15-8 overall and 8-4 in conference play, while PSU falls to 6-16 and 2-10.
Tucker made 9-of-15 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Senior Lydia Coverdale (Malden, Mass.) contributed a solid all-around game for the Beacons with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and six steals.
Plymouth State got 15 points and six rebounds from junior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.), and a double-double (12 points, 10 boards) from senior Kaitlin Linehan (South Boston, Mass.). Freshman Karly Gray (Southampton, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points and six boards.
The visitors maintained control of the game throughout the first half, leading by double digits (14-4) five minutes in. The margin grew as high as 11 points (22-11), and although PSU came back to tie the game at 28-28, UMB outscored the Panthers 11-2 over the final four minutes to take a 39-30 lead into the break.
UMB kept the advantage most of the second half until PSU took its first lead of the game (67-66) with four minutes remaining. The Panthers built their biggest lead (75-71) with 1:38 on the clock before Tucker took over for the Beacons.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season with a pair of LEC road games next week, visiting Keene State on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) and Eastern Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). UMass Boston concludes the regular season with conference home games Tuesday vs. Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday against Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.)
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