O'Hara continues strong play for Panthers
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Lauren Perra scored a career-high 24 points Tuesday evening as the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team notched its first Little East Conference win of the season, defeating Plymouth State University 64-43 in the Clark Athletic Center.
Perra fueled the Beacons' balanced offense with her 8-of-18 shooting, which included three 3-pointers. Junior Teresa Pina also played a major part in the win, notching her first collegiate double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kirsten Morrison managed a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, and Molly Rattigan was the game's leading rebounder with 13.
Junior Colleen O'Hara finish with a team-best 17 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers. O'Hara has scored at least 13 points in four of her last five games, averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in that span. Krystin Corliss finished second on the team in scoring with nine points as she was 3-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Michaela Galvin tallied five of the Panthers 14 steals, and also handed four assists.
Plymouth State took an early lead following an O'Hara 3-pointer, but that deficit was quickly erased by a 12-0 run by the Beacons. Fueling the run was Pina who dropped in six points during the offensive spark. The Panthers clawed their way back into the game, retaking the lead with less than six minutes before the half. UMB put a stop to the Panthers run with a Perra 3-pointer, sparking a Beacons' run that saw UMass enter the halftime break with a six point lead, 31-25.
The score remained close through the first 10 minutes of play in the second half, but the Beacons maintained the lead. UMB pushed the lead to double-figures in the final seven minutes of the half and won going away.
The Beacons return to action on Thursday when they travel to Bridgewater State University for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game. The Panthers will be in action on Saturday when they host Western Connecticut State University in an LEC contest at 1 p.m.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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