Sweet posts career high in league loss
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Sarah Sweet (Narragansett, R.I.) netted a career-high but the University of Massachusetts Boston was able to hold off Plymouth State University, 67-48, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
Sweet came off the bench to match a team high with 11 points. Senior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) also scored 11, while junior Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) added ten points and eight rebounds.
UMB got off to a hot start, building a 14-0 lead over the first seven minutes of action. PSU held the Beacons to just two points over the remainder of the quarter to cut the deficit to 16-8 at the end of the first, but the hosts used another strong start to the second to extend the lead. The Panthers pulled to within eight late in the third quarter, but UMB closed the frame with seven straight points to seize control.
Plymouth State falls to 3-12 and 0-8 in the Little East, while UMass Boston improves to 14-3 and 5-3 in conference play.
Plymouth State 48, UMass Boston 67
Plymouth State (3-12, 0-8 LEC)
UMass Boston (14-3, 5-3 LEC)
How it Happened.
- The Beacons held PSU scoreless over the first seven minutes to build a 14-0 lead, before McLaughlin converted a traditional three-point play.
- The play momentarily sparked the Panthers, as the team held UMB to just two points over the rest of the quarter to pull within 16-8 on Hill's buzzer-beating jumper.
- The hosts opened the second quarter with nine straight points and extended the advantage to 30-11 late in the frame.
- Plymouth State rallied over the next two minutes as Hill's layup ignited an 11-4 surge to close the quarter and Sweet drained a three to make it a 34-22 game at the half.
- UMass Boston pushed the lead back to 17 over the first four minutes of the third, but freshman Jalen Cook (Monkton, Vt.) nailed a triple as the Panthers attempted another comeback. Sweet finished an old-fashioned three-point play and freshman Alessia Salzillo (Saugus, Mass.) drained a jumper to cut the deficit to 10, 42-32, with four minutes in the period.
- After the hosts connected from beyond the arc, Sweet answered with another triple and Hill's layup pulled the Panthers to within eight, 45-37, with two minutes in the third.
- UMB closed the frame with seven straight points to push the lead back to double figures and PSU was unable to get closer than 14 points down the stretch.
Inside the Numbers:
- McLaughlin notched her third straight game in double figures with 11 points and led the Panthers with eight boards.
- Sweet has posted career-highs in back-to-back games after scoring ten in PSU's last game.
- Hill pulled down five rebounds and added a pair of steals to go with her 11 points.
- Salzillo posted team-highs of four steals and four assists.
- Junior Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beacons with game highs of 16 points and seven rebounds.
- Plymouth State visits Rhode Island College for another LEC tilt on Saturday (Jan. 25) with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.
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