Panthers honor Perry in Senior Day contest
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's basketball team came out of the blocks firing, with one of their best opening quarters of the season, but were unable to maintain that level eventually falling to the University of Massachusetts Boston, 65-40, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game at Foley Gymnasium.
Senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) was honored prior to the game. In her final regular season home appearance, Perry led Plymouth State with 10 points in the losing effort. Perry was the only Panther to finish in double figures. Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) added eight points with five rebounds, while Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) contributed eight points, including two three-point efforts.
The Beacons received four double-digit performances in the victory. Sophomore Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) had a game-high 17 points, while senior Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) added 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the double-double. Sophomore Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) and freshman Ariana Rivera (Burlington, Mass.) scored 10 points apiece, and junior Katrina Edwards added 11 boards.
The opening quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams scoring freely. The score remained tight throughout the period, with the Beacons holding a narrow 16-15 lead after the opening 10 minutes. The damage was done in the second quarter, as UMass Boston held the Panthers to one basket, going on a 14-2 run for a 30-17 halftime lead.
The Panthers would steady the ship in the third quarter, but could not make inroads into the Beacons' lead, and with momentum on their side the visitors would pull away in the final 10 minutes for the eventual 65-40 win.
Both teams will continue conference action this Wednesday. PSU (6-17 overall, 0-12 LEC) will travel to Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.), while UMass Boston (14-9, 6-6 LEC) will host UMass Dartmouth (5:30 p.m.).
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