DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Despite a near double-double from freshman Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.), #6 UMass Boston saw their season come to a close Tuesday night against third-seeded UMass Dartmouth in the Little East Conference Quarterfinals.
#3 UMass Dartmouth 67, #6 UMass Boston 52
(UMass Boston 9-17)
(UMass Dartmouth 22-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Quinones finished with her second-most points in a game (13) and tied her career-high with eight rebounds in 21 minutes of the bench. She also connected on 55.6 percent (5-of-9) of her shots, but it wouldn't be enough to make up for the team's second-worst shooting night of the year.
UMass Dartmouth held the Beacons to 26.9 percent shooting (18-of-67) and just a 3-of-20 mark (15.0 percent) from distance.
Senior point guard Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) matched her career-high with 10 assists in her final collegiate contest. Fellow seniors Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) and Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) added nine and seven points apiece, while junior Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) chipped in with nine points of her own.
Junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) paced the Beacons with her nine rebounds and tacked on seven points.
Chelsea Houlihan and Alicia Kutil led the host Corsairs with a game-high 15 points apiece and both players also ripped down seven rebounds. Sophomore Nakira Examond registered a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Rachel McCaron was the final Corsair to finish in double-figures with 12 points and seven rebounds.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a 25-12 lead after the opening 10 minutes and never looked back en-route to earning their third-straight trip to the LEC Semifinals.
The Corsairs raced out to a 12-2 lead before the opening media timeout, with Kutil posting a team-best six points. After Quinones cut the deficit back to 10 with eight seconds left in the quarter, Leah Douty knocked down a deep 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and make it 25-12.
UMass Dartmouth would keep pushing their advantage out in the second quarter. By the end of 20 minutes, the Corsairs made it a 17-point lead on a Leiandra Busby free throw with no time remaining (42-25).
Neither side could gain much traction in the third. After going back-and-forth for the first eight minutes, UMass Dartmouth took their largest lead of the game (56-36) with 1:03 to play thanks to a 6-0 run.
UMass Boston made their biggest push at getting back into the game midway through the fourth. With the deficit standing at 19 (59-40), the Beacons went on an 8-0 run over a 1:26 span. Four different Beacons scored during the flurry, with Edwards capping the run at 4:52.
UMass Dartmouth immediately responded with a 10-2 answer to put the game out of reach.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Dartmouth earned a 56-38 edge on the boards and a 44-20 advantage in points in the paint.
- UMass Boston posted a season-low 11 turnovers in the loss. They turned UMass Dartmouth's 23 miscues into a 23-11 edge in points off turnovers.
- Edwards finishes her career first in program history with her 108 career games played. Burston played in 106 games over her four seasons, including 24 as a freshman at Goucher College. Jordan ends her career with 99 games played in Beacons Blue.
- With the win, UMass Dartmouth earned their fourth-straight win over UMass Boston and improved to 3-1 all-time against the Beacons in the LEC Tournament.
UMass Boston will return 10 players for the upcoming 2017-18 season.