Wyland, Schmidt lead Panthers to first LEC win since 2014
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seniors Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) and Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) both posted double-doubles, combining for 30 points and 22 rebounds while shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line, to lead Plymouth State University past the University of Massachusetts-Boston, 64-59, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday. The win marked the first LEC victory for the Panthers in nearly three years.
PSU held a 55-44 lead with just under five minutes to play but UMass-Boston came back cutting the lead to three points three separate times in the final minute. A game-tying three-point attempt from junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) was just short, though, and sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) calmly made two free throws to give PSU its first conference win since a 46-42 road victory over the Beacons on January 14, 2014.
Foley Gymnasium, Plymouth, N.H. – Wed., Jan. 11, 2017
Plymouth State 64, UMass-Boston 59
Plymouth State 3-8 (1-3 LEC); UMass Boston 6-8 (2-2 LEC)
* Wyland … 16 points, 10 rebounds
* Schmidt … 14 points, 12 rebounds
* Senior Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) … eight points, seven rebounds
* Senior DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) … nine points
* Junior Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) … game-high 17 points, three steals
* Junior Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) … 10 points, four rebounds, four assists
* Senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) … nine points, nine rebounds
* Senior Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) … eight points, three rebounds, three assists
BY THE NUMBERS
* PSU finished 21-of-54 from the floor (38.9%), while the Beacons shot 25-of-67 (37.3%). UMB fired 20 long balls, but could only connect on three (15.0%), while the Panthers were two-of-eight (25.0%) from beyond the arc.
* Both teams struggled from the charity stripe. UMB was just 6-of-13 (46.2%), while the Panthers ended 20-of-37 (54.1%).
HOW IT HAPPENED
* The opening quarter was back-and-forth, with the visitors pulling ahead 8-4 after a free throw from senior Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.).
* PSU answered with back-to-back baskets from Wyland and freshman Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) to tie the score.
* After consecutive layups from the Beacons, senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) hit a jumper to make it 12-11 after the first quarter.
* PSU took a 13-12 lead in the opening minutes of the frame after Wyland sank a pair of free throws following a technical foul on the Beacons' bench.
* UMB went back ahead, 21-20, when Geary hit a tough layup in traffic.
* A Wyland turnaround jumper and two free throws from senior Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) tied the game at 26-26 with just under a minute in the half.
* Mathieu connected from inside to give the Beacons a 28-26 edge at the break.
* The two teams alternated baskets until a Miller steal led to a fast-break layup by Schmidt to put PSU up 34-32 four minutes into the quarter.
* Kelsey drained a three from the right wing to give UMB a short-lived 37-36 lead, but Beatrice got to the rim and finished to put PSU right back in front, 38-37.
* The Panthers closed the quarter with six straight points to take a 47-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
* Sophomore Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) and Hill hit from inside to push the Panther lead to 51-42 after the first 3:34.
* A pair of free throws from Emerson inflated the lead to double-figures, 55-44, with five minutes to play.
* Jordan hit a triple from the left corner and a jumper from Geary cut the Panther lead to 58-55 with 1:23 remaining.
* Schmidt cooly sank two free throws to stop the UMB run, but Geary came up with a steal and layup to make it 60-57 with less than a minute to go.
* Kelsey had an open look to tie the game with 11 seconds left but her shot caught the front rim and after a tie-up on the rebound the possession arrow was in Plymouth's favor.
* Emerson drained a pair from the charity stripe to ice the 64-59 win.
* The Panthers are back on the road again Saturday traveling to Western Connecticut State University for a 1:00 p.m. LEC game.
* UMass Boston will continue its streak of seven straight LEC games on Saturday, when the Beacons host Eastern Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m.
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