December 18, 2013

Top 13 of 2013: #12 Women's Basketball Stuns UMass Dartmouth In Comeback Win

This is the second in our Top 13 of 2013 series. Every day for the rest of 2013, we will count down the Top 13 moments/games of the year, with each program represented. With three Little East Conference Titles, several huge upsets over nationally ranked teams and some dramatic finishes-2013 was another step forward for UMass Boston Athletics.

#13: Softball Clinches Playoff Spot With Senior Day Win Over Rhode Island College (April 27)

Women's Basketball enjoyed one of the best seasons in program-history during their 2012-13 campaigns, capped off by their second-straight Little East Conference Tournament appearance and the third-most wins in program-history (14-12).

The season was comprised of a pair of regular season tournament titles, the first sweep of conference rival Keene State College in program history and several comeback wins; but no accomplishment was more impressive than the team's comeback win over UMass Dartmouth.

The Corsairs, the eventual Little East Conference Tournament runner-ups, sported a roster full of veterans, including LEC Player of the Year Colleen Moriarty and held a 38-21 all-time advantage and five-game winning streak over UMB coming into the contest.

So when the Corsairs grabbed a 39-26 advantage with 2:42 to play in the first half at the Clark Athletic Center, things looked grim for Courtney Mattingly's squad.

But the Beacons slowly began to chip away at the deficit, including a 7-0 run to end the half, capped off by a big 3-pointer from Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.).

Perra added five more points in the first two minutes out of the break, setting up a back-and-forth second half, in which neither team could wrestle control of the game for long.

Forward Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) gave the Beacons their first tie at 11:05 of the second half. It would be one of seven ties and six lead changes in the game.

UMass Dartmouth wouldn't go down easily, as they ripped off an 11-4 run, but the Beacons answered with a 10-0 flurry of their own to take a 67-64 advantage with 3:06 to play.

The Corsairs had one more run in them, as they grabbed the lead back at 68-68-67 and 70-69 with 1:13 to go.

That setup Morrison and the Beacons' lone senior Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) for some late-game heroics. Morrison tilted the game in UMB's favor (71-70) with 50 seconds to play, before Pina collected a rebound and was fouled with 34 seconds to play.

The senior guard missed the front-end of a 1-and-1, only to have Morrison corral the rebound and knock down a layup, while being fouled to make it 73-70.

Morrison's free throw fell off the mark as well, but Pina returned the favor, putting her layup off the glass for a commanding 75-70 edge.

Junior Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) added one free throw of her own and the Corsairs final 3-pointer fell off the mark, to give UMB an upset 76-73 win.

Morrison led the Beacons in the win with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Perra (18 points), Suffredini (16 points) and Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) (10 points) each joined her in double-figures. 

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