NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored visiting Plymouth State University 10-4 down the stretch Saturday afternoon and held on for an 80-70 victory in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The Corsairs, who led 70-66 with two minutes to go, got a pair of free throws from junior Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, Mass.) to take a six-point lead. After senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) replied in kind for PSU, senior Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, Mass.) and Kent traded lay-ups to make it 74-70, UMD, with 1:07 remaining. With PSU forced to foul, sophomore Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, Mass.) connected on a pair of free throws and DeAmato added four more to seal the verdict.
DeAmato had 20 points to lead a balanced attack that saw five Corsairs in double figures. Her line included 14 successful free throws without a miss. Junior Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, Mass.) added 17 points, Houtman contributed 13, Nelson had 12 and freshman Colleen Moriarty (Canton, Mass.) added 10.
Four Panthers reached double figures in scoring, with senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) and junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) each scoring 18 points, sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) adding 14 and Kent 10.
The Corsairs made 46.4 percent of their shots, including 59.1 percent in the second half, while limiting Plymouth State to 32.8 percent.
Both teams play Little East games again Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., with UMD (7-10 and 2-5 in the Little East) visiting Rhode Island College and Plymouth State (13-5 and 3-4 in LEC play) hosting rical Keene State.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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