Lawrence continues hot streak with career-high 30 points
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) scored a career-high 30 points for the Panthers, including five three-pointers, but it wasn't quite enough as the Plymouth State University women's basketball team fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 66-65, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game at the Tripp Center.
Lawrence was spectacular, finishing 10-of-16 from the field, including five-of-seven from downtown, while playing all 40 minutes. Classmate Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) also had a solid game, totaling 19 points (8-of-14) and eight rebounds.
The teams went into halftime tied at 29-29, and PSU opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run to take control. The Panthers took a 54-42 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Corsairs got hot late. Plymouth State was able to extend the lead to 61-45 in the opening minutes, but UMD buckled down on the defensive end and used a 21-4 run over the game's final eight minutes to snatch away the one-point victory.
UMass Dartmouth extends its best start in program history, moving to 16-3 overall (7-2 LEC), while Plymouth State slips to 5-13 (2-7 LEC).
Tripp Athletic Center, Dartmouth, Mass. – Sat., Jan. 28, 2017
Plymouth State 65, UMass Dartmouth 66
Plymouth State 5-13 (2-7 LEC); UMass Dartmouth 16-3 (7-2 LEC)
* Lawrence … career-high 30 points (5-of-7 3PT), two steals
* Wyland … 19 points, eight rebounds
* Senior Leah Swanson (Atkinson, N.H.) … six points, six rebounds, four assists
* Senior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) … four points, eight rebounds, four assists
BY THE NUMBERS
* The Panthers put up their best shooting performance since the season opener, hitting 23-of-51 (45.1%) from the field, including 5-of-10 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. PSU also drained 14-of-19 (73.7%) from the charity stripe.
* UMass Dartmouth connected on 26-of-71 shots (36.6%) and 6-20 (30.0%) from long range.
* Plymouth State held a 46-36 advantage on the boards. The Panthers are the first team to outrebound UMD by double-digits this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* Lawrence got off to a fast start, coming up with a steal on the Corsairs' first possession, then burying a triple to open the game.
* UMD responded with an 8-2 spurt to pull ahead.
* PSU tied things at 13-13 after two Lawrence free throws, and the visitors trailed 17-15 at the end of the first quarter.
* Lawrence and Wyland scored the first nine PSU points of the second quarter, but UMD junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) kept the Corsairs close with nine points of her own through the first six minutes of play.
* Wyland connected on a jumper to tie the score at 29-29 entering halftime.
* PSU opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run. Wyland had six points in the spurt, with Lawrence contributing the other five, and the Panthers led 40-31 three minutes into the third quarter.
* A Wyland layup extended the advantage to double-figures, 44-34, at the midpoint of the quarter.
* Douty sank two free throws in the final minute of the frame to cut the UMD deficit to 54-42 after three.
* After Douty and Lawrence traded three-pointers, a Lawrence layup gave PSU its largest lead of the night, 61-45, with 8:31 to play.
* Douty sparked the Corsairs' comeback, while UMD stepped up the defensive pressure. Back-to-back three-pointers from Douty closed a 13-0 UMD run, cutting the Panthers' lead to 61-58 with 3:32 to play.
* Sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) stopped the streak with a bucket for the Panthers, but Douty answered from long range.
* After a Wyland layup put PSU ahead 65-61 with 40 seconds remaining, Douty again connected from beyond the arc.
* Sophomore Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) completed the comeback with a layup with 12 seconds to play, putting the hosts in front 66-65.
* PSU had a chance to win at the buzzer but the shot was off the mark.
* The Panthers are off until next Saturday (Feb. 4), when the host Eastern Connecticut State University in an LEC game (1:00 p.m.).
* UMD will look to run its winning streak to six straight when the Corsairs travel to Regis College for a non-conference match-up on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.).
**With contributions from UMass Dartmouth Sports Information**
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