Lawrence drains five triples in LEC victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) sank five three-pointers to lead Plymouth State University past Rhode Island College, 73-52, in Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.
Plymouth State took control over the middle part of the game, outscoring the Anchorwomen 43-21 during the second and third quarters. The Panthers, who have alternated wins and losses over their seven games played in 2017, improve to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in LEC contests. The two conference victories are the most since the 2009-10 season when the team finished 5-9 in league games.
Lawrence, who finished with a game-high 19 points, was one of three Panthers in double figures. The guard was joined by senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.), who posted a monster double-double of 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and classmate Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.), who chipped in with 13 points, including three long balls. Sophomore Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) also had a big game, matching Wyland with her own career-high of 19 rebounds, as the PSU offense put up its most points since an overtime win at Fisher College (83-70) on Jan. 7 of last year.
Rhode Island College got 18 points from senior Alex Moore (West Newbury, Mass.) in the loss. Junior Jessa Rubera (Newton, Mass.) added 11 points, but could only connect on one-of-seven three-point attempts, while freshman Victoria Demers (Sutton, Mass.) contributed 10 points. RIC falls to 5-12 (2-5 LEC).
Foley Gymnasium, Plymouth, N.H. – Sat., Jan. 21, 2017
Plymouth State 73, Rhode Island 52
Plymouth State 5-10 (2-5 LEC); Rhode Island 5-12 (2-5 LEC)
* Lawrence … game-high 19 points (5-of-10 3PT), two steals
* Wyland … 15 points (6-of-13), career-high 19 rebounds
* Swanson … 13 points (3-of-8 3PT), five assists, two steals
* Aguiar … five points, career-high 19 rebounds, two assists
* Moore… game-high 15 points, three rebounds
* Rubera … 13 points, four rebounds, two assists
* Demers … 11 points, five rebounds, two assists
* Freshman Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, Mass.) … six points, game-high 10 rebounds
BY THE NUMBERS
* The Panthers finished 27-of-67 (40.3%) and connected eight times from downtown, while limiting RIC to 19-of-57 (33.3%) and just one-of-ten from distance.
* Plymouth State owned the boards, pulling down a season-best 59 rebounds to the Anchorwomen's 29.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* The Anchorwomen opened up a 6-0 lead over the first two minutes, with Moore connecting twice from close range, but three-pointers from Lawrence and Swanson evened the game at 6-6 moments later.
* RIC responded with a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to pull ahead 16-8.
* The teams traded baskets over the final two minutes, before senior Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) sank one-of-two from the charity stripe for the Panthers, making it 18-13 after one.
* PSU opened the second quarter with a 13-2 spurt to pull in front, 26-20, with 4:21 left in the frame. Lawrence had eight points in the spurt, including two triples.
* RIC stopped the run with a pair of free throws from Gauvin, but Lawrence connected from deep again.
* Senior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) sank a pair from the free throw line to give PSU a 34-28 halftime lead.
* Rhode Island cut the margin to three points, 38-35, in the opening minutes of the second half on a bucket by Moore.
* Beatrice got to the rim sparking a 15-2 run for the hosts, to pull ahead 53-37 with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.
* A layup from Schmidt pushed the PSU lead to 21 points, 66-45, at the midpoint of the fourth quarter, and a deep ball from Swanson gave the Panthers their largest lead, 69-45, a minute later.
* Plymouth State wraps up its four-game homestand on Monday with a non-conference tilt against New England College (5:30 p.m.).
* RIC will face Western Connecticut State University in an LEC battle on Wednesday with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.
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