January 12, 2012

Bears Hold Off Women’s Basketball in Non-Conference Action

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Led by Jenna Williamson's game-high 26 points the Bears of Bridgewater State University (8-5) managed to down women's basketball (4-10) by the final score of 68-58 Thursday evening at Adrian Tinsley Center.  The Bears combined to shoot 50% on the night to hold off a very hungry UMass Boston squad.

Playing a major part in Williamson's game-leading performance was her ability to hit her shots from behind the arc as she went 8-for-12 from 3-point range.  On the night, Williamson was 9-for-14 overall and also pulled down four rebounds. 

Freshman Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) continued her strong play in Thursday's contest, as she finished with a team-best 22 points.  Just like Williamson, a majority of her team-leading points came from behind the arc as she went 5-for-11.  Also having a strong night was junior Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) who ended the game with 14 points and seven rebounds. 

Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and Elizabeth Dow (Marshfield, Mass.) each pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Morrison also dropped in 12 points on 6-of-15 shooting. 

As a team UMass Boston finished the night shooting 34.3% (10-for-33) from the field and 33.3% (3-for-9) from behind the arc.  At the line the Beacons had one of their best showings this season as they combined to shoot 83.3% (10-for-12).

The Bears capped off their night shooting 24-for-47 from the floor.  They were just as consistent from behind the arc as they ended the night 5-for-9 overall.  At the line, Bridgewater made just three trips making two of their three opportunities. 

From start to finish the Beacons gave everything they had as they looked to earn their second straight win.  Through the first 20 minutes of play, the Bears were able to hold at most an eight point lead.  In the closing minutes of the opening frame, the Beacons took a one point lead after Perra nailed a pair of free throws. 

Just before the half came to a close, Bridgewater would score four straight points to head into the locker room with a 33-29 lead.  The second half was just as close as UMass Boston continued to go back and forth with the Bears.  In the first six minutes of the half, the Beacons cut the Bears lead down to five twice.  Bridgewater would hold onto their slim lead with the help of some key baskets from Alana Watkins and Ciara Shaughnessy.

Bridgewater would eventually extend their lead to double-digits in the final nine minutes of play to pullout the non-conference win.

Women's basketball returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference game.