BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball outscored Keene State College 38-14 in the second half to earn a 73-40 rout of the Owls Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 73, Keene State College 40
(UMass Boston 15-3, Little East 6-1)
(Keene State 2-14, Little East 0-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Coming off their first loss in two months, the Beacons outscored the Owls in all four quarters to earn only their second-ever season sweep of the Owls.
Thirteen different Beacons played at least five minutes in the win, as UMass Boston overwhelmed Keene State in nearly every facet of the game.
Senior Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) tied for the team-high with 12 points and added a game-high eight assists against her former team. Vital went 4-7 from the field and 3-5 from distance and also added four rebounds and one steal.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) matched Vital with 12 points, while senior Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) chipped in 11 points and four assists. Freshman Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) led all players with 11 rebounds, to go along with her nine points.
Off the bench, Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) had a team-high eight points. Sarah St. Surin (Norwalk, Conn.) tacked on four points and seven rebounds and Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) recorded five points and six rebounds.
Lily Shlimon led the Owls with nine points and six rebounds. Senior Sandi Purcell added four points off the bench, in her return from a seven-game absence.
UMass Boston used a strong defensive performance in the first half to roll to a 35-26 lead at the break.
The Beacons turned things on offensively to start the second half. UMass Boston hit eight of their first 11 shots, including five 3-pointers to push their lead to 56-35 with 4:34 left in the quarter. Grassi and Mathieu each hit two 3-pointers during the run.
That would be as close as the Owls would get, as the Beacons held the visitors without a point for the final 7:11 of the third quarter.
UMass Boston would stretch their lead out to as many 35 late in the fourth quarter, before settling for a 73-40 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston swept the Owls for only the second time in program history. The Beacons also accomplished the feat during the 2012-13 season.
- The Beacons held the Owls to a 21.0 percent mark from the field (13-62) and 21.7 percent from distance (5-23).
- The hosts held a 58-35 advantage on the boards, a 21-2 edge in points off turnovers, a 29-7 lead in second-chance points and a 27-9 margin in bench points.
- Just like the first time the two teams met, UMass Boston opened up the game in the third quarter. The Beacons outscored Keene State 25-9 in the third this afternoon and 26-1 back in December.
- Twelve of the 13 Beacons to see time scored in the win.
UMass Boston will host the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The two teams are tied for second in the LEC at 6-1 and still have to play both of their regular-season games.