Lawrence leads balanced attack as Panthers earn first LEC win
BOSTON – Freshman DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) scored a team-high 12 points as Plymouth State University overcame an eight-point second-half deficit and defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston, 46-42, in Little East Conference women's basketball action at UMB's Clark Athletic Gym.
The Panthers won for the second time in their last three games, moving to 2-10 overall and posting their first LEC win of the season (1-3). UMB drops to 8-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Lawrence led a solid team effort for PSU as senior Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine) added nine points and sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) contributed eight points from the front court, and freshman Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) was good for six points, 11 rebounds and four steals and senior Krystin Corliss (Barnstead, N.H.)added eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals from the Panther backcourt.
The Beacons got 13 points off the bench from Olivia Murphy, while Brittany Moore collected a team-high 11 rebounds. Katrina Edwards also chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.
PSU trailed 26-18 with 17 minutes remaining in the second half when the Panthers rattled off nine unanswered points over the next three minutes to take a 27-26 lead. Deering scored five points in the run and Lawrence and junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) two each.
After UMB scored to stop the bleeding, PSU went on a 13-3 run over the next five minutes to open up a nine-point margin, 40-31, with 8:30 to play. Corliss started the rally with a three-pointer, and Bennett added six points in the run.
UMB whittled the margin down to two points, 42-40, with 2:49 to play on baskets by Elisa Ogawa and Murphy and a three-pointer by Shelby Buck, but PSU secured the win on a pair of free throws by Lewis and a lay-up by Lawrence. Buck came up short on a potential tying three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, sealing the win for the Panthers.
PSU returns home to host Rhode Island College on Saturday at Foley Gym while UMB plays a non-conference game Thursday at Bridgewater State.
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