BOSTON, Mass. – A total team effort carried women's basketball to a one-sided Little East Conference win as women's basketball cruised past Plymouth State University with a 77-46 win Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 77, Plymouth State University 46
UMass Boston (20-3, 10-2 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (6-17, 2-10 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a close first quarter, UMB all but secured the win as they outscored the Panthers 21-2 in the second to head into the halftime break with a one-sided 40-23 lead. After a close third quarter of action, the Beacons erupted in the fourth as they outscored PSU 21-6 to earn the victory.
With the win, UMass Boston set the single-season program record for victories with their 20th, and Little East Conference wins with their 10th.
Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) finished with a team-high 15 points off the bench, as she shot 4-for-8, with all four field goals coming from long distance. Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) finished second on the team with 3 points to go along with three blocked shots. On the day, the Beacons combined for 10 blocked shots.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) was the lone starting Beacon to finish in double-figures as she went 4-for-7, with one 3-pointers and a pair of three throws. Dixon led the team in rebounds with six.
Jess Conant led the offense for the Panthers with a team-high 14 points, while Elizabeth McLaughlin and Brittany Roche each finished with 11 points. Conant and Roche also had a game-high seven rebounds each.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The 20 wins for the Beacons is not only the first for the women's basketball program, but is also the first-time in UMass Boston history that a basketball program has reached the 20-win mark
- The 10 conference wins has happened only one other time in UMB basketball history, and that was in 2005-06 when the men's team finished 10-4
- With the win the Beacons earned the regular-season sweep of the Panthers for the sixth time in the last eight seasons
- Since January 11, 2011, the Beacons are now 13-3
The Beacons will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. conference game.