Conant leads Panthers with team high 14 points
BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team relied on a total team effort to top Plymouth State University, 77-46, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
The first quarter saw a load of back and forth action, but UMB outscored the Panthers 21-2 in the second quarter to take control of the game.
Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) led the offense for the Panthers (6-17, 2-10 LEC) with a team-high 14 points, while freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) and sophomore Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) each finished with 11 points. Conant and Roche also had a game-high seven rebounds each.
Freshman Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) finished with a team-high 15 points off the bench, as she shot 4-for-8, with all four field goals coming from long distance. Classmate Shania Osborn (Fairfield, Conn.) finished second on the team with 13 points to go along with three blocked shots, and freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) added 11 points.
The first quarter was tightly contested as neither team would lead by more than four points over the first ten minutes. PSU took an early 7-3 lead after a Conant layup just over three minutes in, and a jumper by junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) and layup from McLaughlin put the Panthers ahead 21-17 in the final minute of the quarter.
The Beacons went ahead 23-21 after the first minute of the second quarter, but McLaughlin sank a pair from the charity stripe to even the game at 23-all with 8:08 remaining in the first half. From there PSU went cold and UMB controlled the glass to limit the Panthers' second-chance opportunities as the Beacons scored 17 straight points to take a 40-23 lead into the break.
PSU hung tough in the third quarter, outscoring UMass Boston by a 17-16 score, but the Beacons turned it on in the final ten minutes to cruise to the 77-46 win.
Plymouth State returns to action at home this Wednesday (Feb. 14) when the Panthers host in-state rivals Keene State College at 5:30 p.m.
*** With contributions from UMass Boston Sports Information***
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