GREGORY-STEWART LEADS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OVER GORDON, 47-44
Jan. 5, 2009
NASSAU, BAHAMAS - Freshman swing player Evyn Gregory-Stewart (Leonia, NJ) netted a team-high 15 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team over Gordon College, 47-44, to capture third place in the consolation game of the 2009 Great Bahamas Goombay Shootout this afternoon in Nassau, Bahamas. The Beacons end a nine game losing streak and improve to 2-9 on the season, while the Fighting Scots falls to 1-10.
During the first half of play, both UMass Boston and Gordon played intense defense holding each other to under 26% shooting from the field. Gordon was able to net seven of their 27 attempts from the floor (25.9%) while the Beacons connected on eight of 24 shots (23.5%).
With 2:34 remaining in the first stanza, Gregory-Stewart's layup gave the Beacons their largest lead of the half at 20-16, but the Fighting Scots would score the next four points including a free throw by freshman forward Marybeth Conlon (Wakefield, MA) with no time remaining on the clock to lock the score at 20-20 heading into the locker rooms. The half featured three ties and seven lead changes.
The teams traded buckets to open the second half before the Beacons went on a 5-0 run capped by another Gregory-Stewart layup at the 17:40 mark to make the score 27-22, UMass Boston and later owned a 32-27 lead, before Schwanke was able to hit another field goal from inside the paint to keep the Fighting Scots within one possession, 32-29. The ensuing trip down the court, Gregory-Stewart drilled one of her three triples to make it a two possession game again at 35-29, UMB.
With 7:54 to play, junior guard Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA) sunk a pair of foul shots to give UMass Boston a 37-29 advantage, but a trifecta by Schwanke cut the Beacons' lead to 37-32 with 7:44 to play. UMass Boston would nail its next two treys from behind the arc with Gregory-Stewart hitting the first and Ashe draining the second to give the Beacons their first double-digit lead of the afternoon, 43-32, with 5:58 left in the contest. Gordon would keep it interesting, going on a 9-3 run to pull within two points of the Beacons, 46-44, and had a chance to make it a one point game but Schwanke was only able to convert one of two free throws with 29 seconds left in the game. With 15 seconds remaining, the Fighting Scots fouled to put Ashe at the line. She was able to convert one of two from the charity stripe to put UMass Boston ahead, 47-44. Gordon had a clean look at the buzzer to tie the game and send it into overtime but the three-point attempt was no good.
For Gordon College, Schwanke finished the game with 14 points and seven rebounds in 39 minutes of action while senior guard Erin Thames (River Val, NJ) led all scorers with 16 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.
Gregory-Stewart added five rebounds, three steals and an assist to her effort, while Ashe was the only other Beacon in double figures, netting 14 points in addition to four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Freshman forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) also contributed with nine points and eight boards.
Both schools will be back in action in conference play on Saturday January 10. Gordon College travels Boston, MA to take on Wentworth Institute of Technology in a 1:00 p.m. matchup while UMass Boston heads to Danbury, CT to face Western Connecticut State University for a 1:00 p.m. contest.