BOSTON, Mass. – A 9-2 run in overtime carried women's basketball to a come-from-behind win over Castleton University as the Beacons earned a 55-48 win over the Spartans Wednesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 55 (6-1, 2-1 Little East Conference)
Castleton University (5-3, 1-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Down by two with one second remaining Tahjah Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) laid in an uncontested lay-up to even the score at 46-all. From there the Beacons offense would power past the Spartans scoring the first six points of the extra frame. A pair of free throws by Jamie Staples (Amherst, Mass.) would seal the win, as the Beacons bounced back from their first conference loss of the year.
UMass Boston's offense struggled throughout the first two quarters, as Castleton held a slim 19-17 lead heading into the break. Castleton would maintain their lead through three quarters of action, as they outscored UMB 13-11 to take a 32-28 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Despite the Spartans 60% shooting from the field, UMass Boston scored the crucial baskets they needed to erase the slim deficit. The Beacons would score the final four points of regulation, with Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) nailing a pair of free throws to make it a one-possession game with just over 60 seconds remaining.
After a pair of turnovers, Castleton nearly made it a four-point game again, but Katlyn Toomey missed the opportunity, with Grassi grabbing the crucial defensive rebound. The Beacons then worked the ball up the floor, where they found Mazyck wide open in front of her bench.
The sophomore guard drove to the hoop and laid in the crucial basket to tie the contest. UMass Boston dominated the second half as they converted 10 Castleton turnovers into 10 points. They also led the contest on second chance baskets as they outscored the Spartans 7-0.
Grassi, who struggled early-on, closed out the contest with a game-high 20 points, on 7-of-15 shooting. Mazyck registered 10 points for UMB, with four of those coming over the final 20 minutes or regulation. She would also drop one of the Beacon's three field goals in the overtime.
Meg Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) matched the game-high in rebounds with 10, and also had six points, and four assists. Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) came-off the bench and had a strong showing for UMB, as she grabbed five boards, and also had two assists.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot 31.6% from the field, while Castleton finished shooting 34.5%
- The Beacons held a 44-38 advantage on the glass
- Wednesday's contest marked the first-ever Little East Conference meeting between the Beacons and Castleton; Castleton joined the conference in the summer of 2018
- Neither team shot over 20% from behind the arc, while the Spartans finished shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe
- Grassi's 20 points marked a season-high for the sophomore; Dixon's 10 rebounds was a season-high
The Beacons will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference game.