PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Meg MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) scored a season-high 18 points, including eight points in the final minute and a half, to lead Plymouth State University to an 87-79 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Panthers overcame an eight-point second-half deficit to pull out the win. PSU evens its overall record at 7-7 and ups its LEC mark to 2-3, while UMD falls to 3-12 and 0-5.
MacDonald was one of five Panthers to score in double figures. Senior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) and freshman Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) tossed in 13 points apiece, sophomore Karly Gray (Southampton, Mass.) added 12 points, and sophomore Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) chipped in with 10.
Junior Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, Mass.) led all players with 21 points and seven rebounds for UMass Dartmouth, connecting on 5-of-7 shots from three-point range. Senior Lisa Satkevich (Quincy, Mass.) made all five of her shot attempts and finished with 14 points, and freshman Tara Driscoll (Swampscott, Mass.) added 12 points for the Corsairs.
It was a tight game throughout the first half, with seven lead changes and neither team leading by more than six points. The final lead change came in the closing seconds of the half when PSU converted a lay-up for a 36-34 advantage at the break.
UMD opened the second half with a 22-12 surge, taking its largest lead of the day at 56-48 with 11 minutes remaining. PSU answered with a 13-3 run over the next four minutes to regain the lead, but Andruszkiewicz hit a three-point field goal to tie the game at 67-all with four minutes to play.
The Panthers pulled away from that point, going up by eight points (81-73) on an old-fashioned three-point play by Gray in the final minute, and MacDonald sank six straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the Panthers.
PSU shot just 39 percent for the game but stayed in it on the strength of a 46-35 rebounding advantage.
Both teams are back in action Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with LEC contests, PSU visiting rival Keene State and UMD traveling to Rhode Island College.
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