BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball used an early 13-0 run to take control and never looked back in an 81-67 non-conference win over visiting Fitchburg State University
UMass Boston 81, Fitchburg State 67
(UMass Boston 5-1)
(Fitchburg State 3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a matchup of two teams riding three-game winning streaks, UMass Boston asserted themselves early and often to improve to 5-1 on the season.
After falling behind 2-0, the Beacons scored the next 13 points and led by double-digits for the final 30 minutes of action.
Freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) led a balanced Beacons attack with 14 points in 19 minutes of action. Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) tacked on 13 points and six rebounds, while Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) tacked on 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Angelina Marazzi led the Falcons with her game-high 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Mikala Malboeuf recoreded 14 points and seven boards in 22 minutes off the bench.
The Falcons grabbed their only lead of the game 1:12 into the contest, when Mikaela Mitchell hit a layup.
Kelsey quickly answered with a jump shot to tie it and a layup to give the Beacons the lead at 8:14. Four more layups and a Dixon free throw made it a 13-2 game with 5:30 left in the quarter.
After seeing the Beacons' lead stretch out to 14, Fitchburg State used a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 23-14 with 49 seconds left in the quarter. Malboeuf was responsible for five of the seven points, including a deep 3-pointer to cap off the run.
That would be as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way. Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) pushed the lead back to double-digits with a late layup to end the quarter and then the Beacons tacked on the first four points of the second quarter.
UMass Boston extended the lead out to 44-27 at halftime thanks to a Grassi four-point play with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.
UMass Boston kept the momentum going to start the second half, as they pushed their lead out to as many as 26 points (66-40) with 1:36 to go in the third.
Fitchburg State would mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, but they would never get closer than 14.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot a season-high 76.5 percent (13-of-17) from the free throw line in the win.
- Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) led the Beacons with seven assists, while Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) had a team-high seven rebounds.
- The Beacons improved to 17-11 all-time against the Falcons and earned their third-straight win in the series.
- Fitchburg State coach Dan Nagle was a Beacons' assistant coach from 2009-2012.
- The Beacons turned the ball over a season-high 22 times.
- Hall recorded a season-high nine points in seven minutes. She finished 3-for-4 from the field and from the free throw line.
- The Beacons played all 15 available players and had 10 players record a point in the win.
UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against defending LEC Tournament Champions Keene State College.