Wyland's huge game not enough for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Deanna Barrett (Berlin, Conn.) hit a three-pointer from the right corner with 21 seconds left in the game to propel Lasell College to a 57-53 win over Plymouth State University in women's basketball Tuesday night.
The Panthers dropped their second nail-biter in a row to fall to 2-6, while Lasell improves to 5-4 on the season.
Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) had a huge double-double for the Panthers, notching game-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort. Senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) added 12 points and four rebounds, while junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) chipped in with nine points and six assists.
Lasell got strong performances out of senior Katie Stopera (Hollis, N.H.), sophomore Brianna Hoffman (Milford, N.H.) and Barrett. Stopera finished with team-highs of 19 points and six rebounds, while Hoffman added 11 points and four boards. Barrett finished the night with 10 points and five rebounds, with seven points coming in the final two minutes.
Lawrence opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer from the right wing and junior Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) gave PSU its largest lead of the game, 49-42, after hitting a layup with 6:45 left to play. Stopera connected from inside to cut the Panthers lead to 49-48 with 4:09 left, then Barrett gave the Lasers the lead after grabbing an offensive rebound and hitting the put-back with 2:10 remaining.
Wyland hit a tough turnaround jumper in the paint, but Barrett connected on two free throws to put Lasell up 52-51 with 50 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Wyland used a nifty spin-move to get to the hoop and put the hosts back on top, 53-52, with 34 seconds to play, but Barrett swished the corner three and a pair of Stopera free throws closed out the 57-53.
PSU opened the final quarter nursing a 44-42 lead thanks to an 11-0 run over the final three minutes of the third. Trailing 42-33, Perry drilled a straight on three. Lawrence followed with a long-ball of her own, this one from the left corner, and then threaded a pretty pass to Wyland, who hit a turnaround jumper to cut the Lasell lead to 42-41 with 40 seconds left in the frame. On the ensuing Laser possession, Wyland came up with a steal which led to a deep triple from Perry just before the buzzer, giving Plymouth State its first lead since midway through the first quarter.
Plymouth State finished the night shooting 32% (20-of-62) from the floor, but were 8-of-15 (53%) in the third quarter. The Panthers connected on 7-of-23 (30%) from long range, owned a 16-9 advantage in second chance points. Lasell finished at 38% from the field (21-of-55) and 25% from downtown (5-of-20).
The Panthers wrap up the fall semester schedule with a non-conference home game against Salem State Thursday night (7:30 p.m.). Lasell is also back on the court Thursday. The Lasers will travel to Emerson (7:00 p.m.).
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