Strong Second Half Lifts Women's Basketball over Plymouth State

Strong Second Half Lifts Women's Basketball over Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Led by senior Colleen Kane's (Arlington, Mass.) 19 points, the UMass Dartmouth women's basketball team exploded for a 26-point third quarter on Saturday, giving the Corsairs enough breathing room to secure a 69-52 league win at Plymouth State.

Kane hit her mark on an 8-of-13 night from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. She was joined in double-figures by junior Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) who contributed 13 while snagging a team-high six rebounds.

The Panthers were paced by junior Ace Lawrence's (Middletown, Conn.) nine points, while classmate Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) added eight points and a game-high nine boards. Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) and Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) also each contributed eight points.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kane started the contest in the Corsairs' favor, as UMass Dartmouth held the hosts to only eight points in the first quarter. The Corsairs went up by as much as eight in the first stanza, thanks to a traditional 3-point play from Rachel McCarron (Groton, Mass.) as part of her nine-point effort on the afternoon.

Plymouth State bounced back in the second quarter. A Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) jumper at 6:12 cut the Corsair lead to only four, but an ensuing 6-0 UMass Dartmouth run featuring two Kane buckets and a Jess Pye (Milford, Mass.) layup quieted the Panthers. A Lawrence 3-pointer turned the tides again as the hosts brought the score to 26-23 heading into the locker room.

The tides turned as the Corsairs' paint presences came roaring to life to start the second half. Six-straight points from Ronaghan and a Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) layup beginning at the 5:06 mark sparked a 19-5 UMass Dartmouth run to end the third quarter, as the Corsairs outscored the Panthers 16-4 in the paint in the 10-minute span.

UMass Dartmouth did not let up on the gas in the fourth quarter, going up as much as 21 halfway through the stanza as part of a 11-of-35 (59 percent) shooting performance in the second half.

The Corsairs rise to 13-6 overall and 4-5 in the Little East Conference. Regis (Mass.) will travel to the Tripp Center on Tuesday for UMass Dartmouth's final non-conference matchup of the season with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.