WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – With a double-double from Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) women's basketball recorded a 61-56 win over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 61, Eastern Connecticut State University 56
UMass Boston (19-2, 9-1 Little East Conference)
Eastern Conn. State U. (9-12, 6-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Osborne carried the Beacons with her 16 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's conference win. The Beacons remain in firm control of second place in the conference standings, with their only loss coming at the hands of UMass Dartmouth. The two intra-state rivals will meet on Wednesday, in perhaps the biggest rematch of the 2017-18 LEC campaign.
From the field Osborne finished 7-for-12 with a pair of made free throws. Four of her 10 rebounds, came on the offensive glass. Also finishing in double figures was Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.), who had 13 points and Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) who finished with 11.
After an explosive first quarter where they took a commanding 21-10 lead, the Beacons offense hit a rut over the final three frames, as ECSU managed to hang on. The host Warriors made things interesting in the fourth quarter as they took a 52-51 lead with 3:34 to go on a Kelly Reardon jumper. After another field goal for ECSU made it 3-point game, the Beacons offense began to battle back.
Grassi and Vital would combine for six straight Beacons points to make it 57-54 with 25 seconds left in regulation. A lay-up by ECSU's Sabrina LeMere cut the Beacons lead back to one. However, Grassi and Vital would help seal the win for UMB as the two shooters both went 2-for-2 at the charity strip.
On the day, the Beacons shot just 36.1% from the field, and a mere 20.0% from 3-point range. The Warriors also struggled as they shot 35.7% and did not make a 3-pointer in Saturday's contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, the Beacons earned their first regular season sweep of the Warriors since the 2011-12 season.
- The win marked just the 11th in program history over ECSU, and first since February 16, 2013
- The Beacons have now recorded just three regular season sweeps over the Warriors (2017-18, 2011-12, and 2006-07)
- The double-double was the first of Osborne's college career, and the third time in the last four games she has scored 16 or more points
- Both teams finished with 36 rebounds
- Grassi had two of the Beacons five blocked shots, while Vital finished with a team-high three steals
The Beacons will host UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.