Lawrence, Corliss, Perry score in double figures for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) scored 14 points as the University of Massachusetts Boston used a strong first half to defeat Plymouth State University, 64-54, in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gym.
The Beacons took a 22-point lead at the half but had to withstand a strong PSU comeback. After scoring just 14 points in the first half, Plymouth State out-scored the visitors 40-28 in the second half but couldn't come all the way back.
UMB improved to 13-10 overall and 3-9 in the Little East, while PSU fell to 2-19 overall and 1-11 in the conference. The Beacons evened the season series against the Panthers as PSU had pulled out a four-point victory over the Beacons in Boston last month.
Freshman Mallory Nelson (Topsham, Maine) joined Suffredini in double-figures with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) reached double-digits for the first point this season, with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench. Kirsten Morrison, who started just her third game of the season, finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Senior Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) turned in a strong all-around performance, recording four points, a game-high nine rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of action.
UMass Boston cruised to the big road victory by shooting 50 percent in the first half to run out to a 36-14 lead. While the Beacons made 13-of-26 shots and 4-of-7 three-point attempts, Plymouth State knocked down just 19.2 percent (5-of-26) of their field-goal attempts.
The huge lead was necessary, as Plymouth State converted 55.2 percent of their attempts in the second half. UMass Boston would extend the lead to as many 24 on a Nelson layup early in the half, before the Panthers began cutting into the Beacons lead.
Plymouth State used a 12-2 run midway through the half to cut the deficit to 55-42 but the Beacons managed to make 5-of-9 free throws down the stretch to earn 64-54 victory.
The Panthers recognized Corliss and fellow senior Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine) prior to the game as part of Senior Day.
Both teams are back on the court Tuesday with LEC contests as PSU visits rival Keene State College and UMB returns home to host the University of Southern Maine.
(With contributions from UMass Boston Sports Information)
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