Dec. 5, 2009
PLYMOUTH, NH-Laura Kent's layup with three seconds remaining gave host Plymouth State a 67-66 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the Little East Conference opener for both teams at Foley Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Kent took a pass from Kalie Judd and scored to put the Panthers up by a point. The Corsairs called time out and got the ball to junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS), whose hurried shot missed as time expired.
"On their last possession, we didn't defend it well enough, and they got a good look inside," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We tried to get the ball to Lynley on the run, but she just wasn't able to get a good look."
The Corsairs, who erased a 10-point deficit with 15 minutes remaining, led several times down the stretch. They took the lead for the final time on a layup by senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), who took the in bounds pass from PSU junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and scored to make it 66-65, UMD, with 10 seconds remaining. After a time out, Kalie Judd fed Kent for the winning basket.
PSU, which led, 32-27 at halftime, used an 8-0 run at the start of the second half to take a 40-27 lead with 17:46 remaining. The Corsairs came back, using an 11-0 run to take a 45-44 lead with 12:29 to play. The Panthers built their lead to half a dozen points, 51-45, with 10:42 remaining, but an 8-0 UMD run, capped by a pair of layups by freshman guard Nicole Marotta (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS), put the Corsairs up, 53-51, with 8:29 to play. Neither team led by more than three points for the rest of the way.
Freshman guard Jessica Howlett (North Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) hit a three-pointer to give UMD a 60-57 lead with 4:39 left, and they held the lead until Amanda Kania's trey tied it at 62 with 1:56 remaining. DeAmato's jumper with 1:29 to play put the C orsairs ahead, 64-62, but Judd hit a three-pointer to give the Panthers a 66-65 advantage with 33 seconds left.
"The way we played during the middle of the game determined the outcome," said Van Voorhis. "We got down by 13, and we have to get away from that trend. We had four players in double figures, but, ultimately, we didn't do enough to win."
DeAmato led the Corsairs with 18 points, Nelson added 13 freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) had 12 and Marotta contributed 10. PSU's Kania led all scorers with 22 points, Kent had 13, and Alicia Doucet had 10. Moriarty had 13 rebounds, but Doucet and Kent each grabbed 10 as the Panthers out rebounded UMD, 51-43.
The Corsairs dropped to 2-5 with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 7-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Simmons Tuesday evening.