BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball shot 62.5 percent in the first half and scored 50 points, to earn a blowout win over Dean College in the first-ever meeting between the tow schools.
UMass Boston 81, Dean College 44
(UMass Boston 18-2)
(Dean College 11-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons knocked down nine threes in the first half en-route to a 50-18 halftime edge. As a team, the Beacons shot 62.5 percent from the field (20-32) and 9-13 (69.2 percent) from distance in the first 20 minutes.
Senior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) scored 13 of her game-high 18 points in the first half. She went 7-10 from the field and 4-4 from distance in the win.
Fellow senior Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) went 3-4 from distance to finished with 11 points in her 100th career game as a Beacon. The Beacons final senior, Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.), led the team with five rebounds and six steals, to go along with five assists in 17 minutes of action.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) joined Kelsey and Mathieu in double-figures. Fellow freshman Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) paced the team with six assists in a team-high 25 minutes of action.
UMass Boston ran all over the Bulldogs thanks to their length and depth. The Beacons played 12 players in the first quarter alone and used all 14 of their available players within the first 25 minutes.
Dean was paced by senior Shantell McCall, who finished with a season-high 12 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Iindia Pina added a game-high nine rebounds and Nicole Romero and Morgan Turner each finished with seven points in the loss.
After a slow start in their last home game, UMass Boston raced out to a 10-0 lead within the first 1:59. Grassi and Kelsey scored on the Beacons' first two possessions and then Grassi and Mathieu each connected from distance on UMass Boston's fourth and fifth possesions of the game.
By the end of the first quarter, UMass Boston led 26-11. They stretched their lead to 50-18 thanks to a 24-7 second-quarter.
The Beacons pushed their lead out to as many as 41 on several occasions, before ending the game with a 37-point win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Boston tied the 2010 and 2011 UMass Boston Volleyball teams for the best 20-game start to a season. All three teams started the year 18-2.
- The Beacons shot a season-high 54.5 percent (12-22) from distance and finished with their third most threes of the year. UMass Boston's 43.5 percent (30-69) mark from the field, was their fifth-best percentage of the year.
- Two days after shooting a season-high 54.4 percent from the field, Dean ended the night shooting 33.3 percent (20-60).
- The Beacons turned 26 Bulldog turnovers into a 27-12 edge in points off turnovers.
- UMass Boston held the Bulldogs starters to just 15 points in the loss.
- Mathieu is the 10th Beacon to have played in 100 games in program history. She improved to 61-39 in her 100 games as a Beacon.
- Thursday's matchup marked the first-ever meeting between UMass Boston and Dean College as athletic programs.
- UMass Boston closes out non-conference play with a 10-1 record and nine-straight wins. The Beacons also improved to 9-0 at home.
UMass Boston will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beacons have not defeated the Warriors in Connecticut, since February 16, 2013 (0-6).