Fourth quarter surge leads UMass Boston past PSU Women’s Basketball

Fourth quarter surge leads UMass Boston past PSU Women’s Basketball

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."


            Up Next:

            * 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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