Wyland leads Panthers to LEC win, season sweep of Beacons
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) poured in a game-high 21 points to lead Plymouth State University to a key 63-59 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at the Clark Athletic Center.
Seniors DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) and Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) and sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) also played key roles in the win, the Panthers' second win over UMB this season. Lawrence contributed 15 points, Emerson added 12 and Schmidt just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
It was the first season sweep of an LEC opponent for the Panthers since the 2008-09 season when PSU won both league contests against Rhode Island College, UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth.
The teams came out of the halftime intermission deadlocked at 22-22 and Plymouth State trailed 30-27 after the first four minutes of the third quarter, but a 10-2 run pushed the Panthers in front and they would not trail again. The Beacons were able to cut the deficit to just two points on two separate occasions in the final minute of play, but each time PSU was able to respond.
Clark Athletic Center, Boston, Mass. – Sat., Feb. 11, 2017
Plymouth State 63, UMass Boston 59
Plymouth State 6-15 (3-9 LEC); UMass Boston 9-14 (5-7 LEC)
* Wyland … game-high 21 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, three assists
* Lawrence … 15 points, three rebounds
* Emerson … 12 points, six rebounds
* Schmidt … nine points, game-high 15 rebounds
* Senior Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) … five assists, five rebounds, two steals
BY THE NUMBERS
* Plymouth State held a 44-42 advantage on the glass.
* From the field UMass Boston shot 28.8% (21-73), while Plymouth State finished shooting 39.7% (23-58).
* Plymouth State leads the all-time series with UMass Boston 46-20.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* Lawrence's third three-pointer in the opening six minutes gave PSU an early 11-4 lead, but the Beacons responded with eight straight points to pull back in front.
* Wyland sank a layup, but senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) answered as time expired to give UMB a 14-13 lead after one.
* UMass Boston held a slight lead through the first five-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter until an old-fashioned three-point play by Wyland knotted the score at 18-18.
* Senior Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) got inside twice on consecutive PSU possession to give the Panthers a 22-20 lead, but UMB senior Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) hit from close range to tie the game at 22-22 heading to halftime.
* UMass Boston went up by four points, 28-24, after Burston made layups on back-to-back possessions. That would amount to the largest Beacon lead of the night.
* PSU trailed 30-27 after four minutes but the Panthers scored on five straight possessions to pull in front. Schmidt and Emerson accounted for all 10 points and Schmidt's offensive rebound and put-back gave Plymouth State a 37-32 lead.
* Another offensive board and basket by Schmidt gave the Panthers their biggest lead, 44-36, in the final minute, and a Beacon's jumper made the score 44-38 entering the final quarter.
* PSU lead the entire fourth quarter, but two free throws from junior Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) cut the lead to four (51-47) with 4:20 to go.
* Following a basket by Wyland which made it 53-47, the Beacons got a pair of jumpers from senior Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) which made it a one possession game (53-51) with 2:02 to go in regulation.
* Wyland would once again drop in a hard fought lay-up to push the Panthers lead back to four. After UMB made two made free throws Lawrence drained a huge triple as time on the shot clock was about to expire.
* Geary countered with a three of her own to make it 58-56 in favor of the Panthers with 13 seconds left, but Wyland would connect twice from the charity stripe to push the Panthers lead back to four.
* PSU would connect three more times at the free throw line to make it 63-56. Geary ended the game with a near half-court three-pointer, accounting for the final 63-59 score.
* The Panthers are scheduled to play their last non-conference game of the season on Monday when they travel to Johnson State College for a 6:00 p.m. game.
* UMass Boston plays its fourth of five straight LEC contests on Wednesday when the Beacons make the trip to UMass Dartmouth for a 5:30 p.m. tip off.
**With contributions from UMass Boston Sports Information**
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