Wyland posts double-double as fourth quarter comeback falls short
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – New England College sank eight three-pointers and held off a fourth quarter comeback attempt to get past Plymouth State University, 55-49, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Monday night.
The Panthers were led by senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.), who posted her fifth double-double of the season, dropping 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. NEC has won eight-straight games to open 2017, while the Panthers continue to alternate wins and losses in the month of January.
The first quarter was back-and-forth, with the visitors holding a slight 13-10 advantage after the opening 10 minutes. NEC caught fire from long range in the second and third quarters to pull away. The Pilgrims made six-of-seven from beyond the arc in the middle frames to build a 46-29 lead after three.
PSU roared back in the final quarter. A 16-2 run over the first seven minutes cut the NEC lead to 48-45. Plymouth still trailed by just three (50-47) with less than a minute to play, but the Pilgrims scored five of the last seven points to close out the win.
Foley Gymnasium, Plymouth, N.H. – Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
Plymouth State 49, New England Coll. 55
Plymouth State 5-11 (2-5 LEC); New England Coll. 14-3 (8-2 NAC)
* Wyland … 10 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, two blocks
* Senior DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) … 10 points
* Senior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) … eight points, 11 rebounds
* Senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) … five points, five rebounds, three steals
* Freshman Mikala Malboeuf (Fitchburg, Mass.) … game-high 13 points, three rebounds
* Junior Corina Moore (Derry, N.H.) … 11 points (3-of-4 3PT), two assists
* Senior Tiffany Davis (Baltimore, Md.) … eight points, 12 rebounds
* Sophomore Tanner Favreau (Athol, Mass.) … seven points
BY THE NUMBERS
* PSU was 21-of-75 (28.0%) from the field, while the Pilgrims finished 20-of-51 (39.2%).
* NEC did their damage from long range, connecting on 8-of-13 (61.5%) from beyond the arc. The Panthers sank 3-of-13 (23.1%) from downtown.
* Plymouth State forced 21 turnovers, leading to 20 points, and the home team owned a 30-14 advantage in the paint.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* A driving layup by Lawrence knotted the score at 6-6 after the game's first five minutes.
* Sophomore Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) put the Panthers up 10-8, but Moore answered with a three-pointer on the other end.
* Senior Utshana Durham (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stretched the visitors' lead to 13-10 with an interior basket to close the first quarter.
* NEC opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run, sparked by triples from freshman Haleigh Martin (Bergenfield, N.J.) and Malboeuf, to go ahead 21-12.
* Swanson connected from beyond the arc to cut the Pilgrims' lead to 24-18 with 3:10 left but NEC closed the half with five straight points to take a 29-18 lead into intermission.
* The Pilgrims took a 41-23 advantage, their largest of the game, with 3:29 left to play in the third quarter.
* Wyland sparked a PSU run with her play on both sides of the ball. The senior connected on an interior bucket, then came up with a steal and fast-break layup. Another steal led to a basket by Aguiar to make it 41-29 with 2:26 remaining.
* Favreau connected for another NEC long ball to make it 46-29 after three.
* Schmidt and senior Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) got the Panthers going in the fourth quarter. The duo combined for the first 12 PSU points, cutting the margin to 48-41 at the midpoint of the frame.
* Lawrence cut the deficit to three points, 48-45, with just under three minutes to play and after a Davis layup pushed the lead back to five points Wyland sank a jumper from the free throw line to make it 50-47.
* The score remained 50-47 into the final minute, when NEC connected on five-of-six from the charity stripe to lock up the win.
* The Panthers are back in league action on Wednesday when they travel to the University of Southern Maine for a 5:30 p.m. LEC contest.
* NEC will also travel to Maine for its next contest as the Pilgrims face Husson University on Friday night (7:30 p.m.).
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