LYNN, Mass.—Behind a combined 42 points and 22 rebounds from freshmen Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.), UMass Boston women's basketball earned a 96-79 win over Fisher College Tuesday night.
UMass Boston 96, Fisher College 79
(UMass Boston 3-1)
(Fisher College 3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the third all-time meeting between the Beacons and the NAIA school, UMass Boston scored 24 more points or in each of the first three quarters, to race past the Falcons.
Grassi and Dixon each registered a career-best 21 points and posted their first career double-doubles. Grassi shot 8-of-12 from the field, added 12 rebounds and two blocks, while Dixon tacked on five made 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Fellow freshman Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Mass.) more than tripled her previous career-high with 14 points, and she also added a career-high seven rebounds.
Senior point guard Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) filled up the statsheet with seven points, six rebounds, a team-high six assists, and game-high five steals.
Four Fisher players finished in double-figures led by Madison Carroll who recorded a game-high 22 points. Murphy Carroll tacked on 20 points, while Choon-Hee Chae tacked on 12 points and a game-high 10 assists.
UMass Boston used a 10-0 run to break a 9-9 tie midway through the first quarter. With the scored tied with 5:24 to go in the first quarter, Grassi scored seven-straight points and Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) added a 3-pointer to make it 19-9 with 3:35 left in the quarter.
Just over two minutes later the game was tied at 23-23, but the Beacons answered back with a 7-0 run to close out the quarter. Vital broke the tie with two free throws, before Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) and Williams knocked down shots in the final minute.
The Beacons stretched their lead out to as many as 17 in the second quarter, and went into halftime leading 55-41.
UMass Boston dominated the start of the second half and extended their lead to 24 points (70-46) with 4:35 left in the third quarter.
Fisher would cut the deficit to as few as 15 in the third quarter, but that would be as close as they would get in their second-straight home loss.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston's 96 points are the third-most in program history and most since the Beacons' 1983-84 season opener. The Beacons have recorded 186 points in their last two victories, which ranks as the most points in back-to-back games in program history. During the 1983-84 season, UMass Boston recorded 185 points in their first two games.
- Grassi and Dixon combined to shoot 16-for-27 with Dixon knocking down 5-of-10 shots from distance.
- UMass Boston improved to 3-0 all-time against the Falcons. The two sides had not played since 2006 prior to Tuesday night's game.
- The Beacons knocked down a season-high 10 3-pointers and shot a season-best 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from distance.
- UMass Boston earned a 61-29 edge on the boards and 45-12 lead in bench points.
UMass Boston will return home next Tuesday night, when they host Becker College at 5:00 p.m.