Women's Basketball Rolls To 79-41 Win In Home Opener Over Mount Ida

BOSTON, Mass.--Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) registered a program-record tying 33 points and 14 different players scored to lead UMass Boston women's basketball (4-1) to a 79-41 rout of Mount Ida College (2-5) in the Beacons' home opener Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

Murphy enjoyed one of the most efficient games in UMass Boston history, knocking down a program-record 15 made field goals on just 22 attempts and tying the school record for points in just 26 minutes of play. The sophomore forward matched Carolyn Lewis ('82) and Jamila Gales' ('03) mark for the most points in a single-game at  12:41 of the second half, before sitting for the rest of the contest. She also added 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double in five games.

Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) recorded a season-high eight points and six rebounds off the bench, while senior Shelby Buck (Greenfield, Mass.) knocked down two three-pointers in her first home game in over two years at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

Point guard Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) added a season-high seven assists in 20 minutes, while freshman Shyanne Wellington (Springfield, Mass.) recorded the first points of her career, with a late basket and also chipped in with five rebounds.

Angelique Martinez and Abbey Fedigan led the Mustangs with 10 points apiece. Martinez added a team-high nine rebounds for Mount Ida College who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.

After a slow first half, UMass Boston earned the comfortable win behind some suffocating defense, as they held the Mustangs to just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) shooting from the field in the second half. For the game, the Beacons knocked down 43.1 percent of their shots, compared to just 29 percent for the visitors.

Mount Ida did manage to keep it close on the board (49-38),  a year after losing the rebounding battle 72-31; but they couldn't overcome a huge difference in bench output, as the UMass Boston bench outscored Mount Ida 31-0, with all but one player recording at least two points.

UMass Boston jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first 3:08, as Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) and Murphy knocked down layups, before Perra drained one of the Beacons' five 3-pointers on the day.

The Mustangs managed to cut it to three just minutes later but a 15-4 run powered by six points apiece from Murphy and Buck would put the game out of hand for good at 24-10. UMass Boston would head into the break with a 38-24 lead behind a 4-0 run from Murphy and carried that momentum into the second stanza.

The Beacons opened the second half with another flurry, as Murphy recorded 13 of the Beacons' first 15 points to push the lead to 53-30 at the 12:41 mark.

UMass Boston's bench took over from there, as the hosts outscored the Mustangs 26-11 the rest of the way.

The Beacons will open conference play Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host first-place Keene State College at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium. UMass Boston earned a regular-season sweep of the Owls last season for the first time in program-history.