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January 13, 2009

PSU Women’s Hoop knocks off UMass Boston

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             PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) and freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) each posted their second double-double of the season and junior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) added a career-high 15 points Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University downed the University of Massachusetts Boston, 68-56, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

              Kent scored a game-high 17 points and collected 10 rebounds and four steals to lead the way for PSU, while Doucet contributed 12 points and 10 boards.  Judd added four assists and two steals to her scoring  performance as the Panthers won their fourth straight game, improving to 10-3 overall and 2-2 in LEC play.

              The Beacons got a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds from freshman Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.)  Classmate Molly Piette (Webster, Mass.) chipped in with nine points for UMB, which dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in conference games.

              PSU controlled the lead most of the first half, pushing the margin to nine points (22-13) with 8:30 remaining.  UMB hung around and scored the last five points of the half to cut the deficit to one point at the break, 33-32.

              There were six lead changes in the first five minutes of the second half as the teams went back and forth.  There were eight more lead changes over the next nine minutes until PSU took the lead for good, 53-52, with six minutes to play.

              UMB was within one point, 55-54, with just under five minutes on the clock, but it was all Panthers from that point on.  The Panthers outscored the Beacons 13-2 the rest of the way to seal the win. The 12-point margin was PSU's largest lead of the night.

              Both teams are back in action with non-conference match-ups on Thursday evening, PSU traveling to Johnson State (7:00) and UMB returning home to host Bridgewater State (5:30 p.m.) 

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