PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) and senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University topped the University of Massachusetts Boston, 51-36, in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
Kania scored a game-high 15 points and Kent added her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 boards to help the Panthers stop a three-game losing skid. PSU (15-8 overall, 5-7 in the LEC) remains in sixth place, a game ahead of UMass Dartmouth for the final LEC playoff berth, while UMB (4-19 overall, 0-12 in conference play) suffered its 14th straight setback.
Both teams struggled in the shooting department, finishing with identical 25.9 shooting percentages and each team collecting 47 rebounds. PSU was 5-of-18 from three-point range while UMB made just 4-of-28 from beyond the arc.
Senior Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, Mass.) led the Beacons with 11 points, the only UMB player to score in double figures, while sophomore Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Plymouth State never trailed in the "Senior Day" contest, but had trouble shaking the upset-minded Beacons. The Panthers pulled out to a 10-point margin twice in the first half (14-4 and 16-6), but UMB hung around and battled back to within four points at the half, 19-15.
PSU maintained the lead in the second half, but the Beacons stayed within striking distance. The Panther lead ballooned to eight points (27-19) only to see UMB get back to within four (28-24) with 15 minutes to play. The Beacons were within five points (34-29) with eight minutes to go, but a 7-2 Panther spurt got the margin back to 10 points with four minutes to go and PSU held on the rest of the way.
Both teams wrap up the regular season next week with a pair of LEC games. PSU travels to Keene State on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) and Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) while UMB hosts Southern Maine on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) before traveling to Western Connecticut next Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
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