Tyler sparks Panthers with 12 points off the bench
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Maysen Tyler (Bridge City, Texas) came off the bench to lead Plymouth State University with 12 points, but the Panthers came out on the short end of a 62-44 decision against the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on Thursday night.
PSU came out strong, building a 12-5 lead through the late stages of the first quarter, but UMB rallied with a 16-2 run to surge in front midway through the second. The Panthers kept the game in reach, trailing 47-37 heading into the final ten minutes, but the Beacons' defense clamped down as the hosts extended the lead late.
With the setback PSU drops to 6-8 (1-6 LEC) in LEC action, while UMass Boston improves to 12-3 and 5-1 in conference play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 44, UMass Boston 62
Plymouth State (6-8, 1-6 LEC)
UMass Boston (12-3, 5-1 LEC)
How it Happened:
* The teams got off to a slow start, as senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) had a free throw for the game's only point for nearly three minutes.
* With the score tied at 5-5, junior Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) drained a straight-on three and sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) sank two free throws made it 10-5 with 2:37 left in the opening quarter.
* Senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) drilled a jumper to push the lead to 12-5, but the Beacons closed out the quarter with a pair of baskets to make it 12-9 after one.
* UMass Boston carried the momentum into the start of the second quarter, using a 12-2 spurt to go ahead, 21-14, midway through the frame.
* Tyler stopped the run with two points from the charity stripe, but sophomore Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) scored a pair and the hosts extended to a 29-18 lead.
* Tyler drained a jumper in the final seconds to make it 29-20 at the half.
* McLaughlin heated up to open the third quarter, hitting a jumper and three, but UMB answered and a bucket by junior Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) made it a 15-point game, 40-25, four minutes in.
* Junior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) and Tyler combined to score 10-straight points as the Panthers whittled the lead down to five, 40-35, but sophomore Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) finished an old-fashioned three-point play and the Beacons held a 47-37 lead heading into the fourth.
* Mazyck laid it in as UMB extended to a 55-39 lead with seven minutes to play, and Plymouth State was unable to get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Inside the Numbers:
* Tyler finished with a team-high 12 points, while McLaughlin added nine.
* Senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds and Emerson led the Panthers on the glass with eight boards.
* Grassi posted a game-high 15 points for the Beacons, with sophomore Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) adding 11. Mazyck contributed eight points and nine boards.
* UMB held a slight edge on the glass, 37-32, while the Panthers' reserves outscored their counterparts by a 15-13 margin.
* PSU leads the all-time series, 48-24 margin, but the Beacons have won nine of the last 11 meetings.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Rebounding and second chance points hurt us," said head coach Allison Flynn. "We need to take care of the ball in crucial moments."
* The Panthers head to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday (Jan. 12) for another Little East game, with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.
* UMass Boston is also back in league play on Saturday (Jan. 12) when the Beacons host Rhode Island College at 1:00 p.m.
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