BOSTON, Mass.—The University of Southern Maine used a 12-3 run to close out the game, to earn a 46-42 win over host UMass Boston women's basketball Wednesday night at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
Southern Maine 46, UMass Boston 42
(UMass Boston 9-13, Little East 5-6)
(Southern Maine 4-18, Little East 3-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Huskies outscored an undermanned Beacons side 19-9 in the fourth quarter to pull off a stunning upset and earn their first road win of the year (1-7).
After trailing by as many as six late in the third quarter, the Huskies got six points from Kimberly Howrigan and held UMass Boston to 2-of-12 shooting, to earn their 33rd win in 33 trips to the Clark Athletic Center.
Howrigan tied for the team-high with eight points in 15 minutes, while freshman Jackie Luckhardt added eight points and three steals. Leading-scorer Alexa Srolovitz tacked on five points and eight rebounds, while Chantel Eels paced the Huskies with 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Michaela Ilebode (Malden, Mass.) was the lone player for either side to finish in double-figures. The center went 3-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the foul line for a career-high 10 points.
Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) and Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) both tacked on nine points apiece. Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) struggled offensively but ended the night with a career-high 20 rebounds. Senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) tacked on four points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive, before fouling out late in the contest.
Despite playing without four of their top scorers, UMass Boston was in the game the whole way, and led up until the final minutes.
After falling behind 8-6 early, UMass Boston went on a 4-0 run over the final four minutes of the first quarter to take a 10-8 lead into the second quarter.
The teams traded leads in the second quarter until a 7-2 run gave the Beacons their largest lead at 20-16. Edwards started the run with a lay-in and then Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) added three-straight points. Miranda Nicely cut the deficit to two with a jump shot, but Burston responded with a steal and a lay-in.
The Beacons pushed the lead out to six (31-25) with 2:36 to play in the third thanks to a 7-1 flurry. Mathieu broke a 24-24 tie with a lay-up and Quinones followed with a lay-up. Burston buried a deep 3-pointer off a Quinones pass to give the Beacons the largest lead of the game.
Trailing by six heading into the fourth quarter, Southern Maine struggled to get anything going early in the quarter. The Beacons held a 39-34 lead with 2:58 to play after two Iledbode free throws.
It would be all Huskies from there. Howrigan and Srolovitz sandwiched jumpers around a Quinones free throw and Nicely followed with a jumper of her own to tie the game at 40.
After a Beacons turnover, Eels hit a layup to give the Huskies their first lead since it was 8-6 in the first quarter. The two teams traded free throws, before Burston hit one of two free throws to cut the deficit to 43-42 with seven seconds left.
Luckhardt pushed the lead out to 45-42 with two free throws and the Huskies were able to breathe a sigh of relief after UMass Boston missed three free throws with a chance to tie.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons shot a season-low 25.8 percent (16-of-62) and hit a season-low two 3-pointers (2-15). UMass Boston also knocked down just 50 percent (8-of-16) of their free throws.
- Edwards tied former teammate Olivia Murphy ('16) and Leanne Meninger ('09) for the program record for career games played. Edwards played in her program-record tying 104th game this evening.
- UMass Boston suffered their fourth-straight close loss to Southern Maine at home. The Beacons have dropped the last four home games by a combined 12 points.
- Southern Maine was held to 27.9 percent shooting (17-of-61) and just 2-of-11 shooting (18.2 percent) from distance.
UMass Boston will host Plymouth State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. The Beacons will honor Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.), Edwards and Burston before Saturday's contest.