Jan. 15, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Freshman forward Shelly DePina (New Bedford, MA) posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bridgewater State College women's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 66-61 this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 2-12 on the season, while the Bears improve to 8-6.
Sophomore forward Sharmayne Sturgis (Cambridge, MA) made a lay-up with 11:39 to play in the second half to give UMass Boston a 42-38 lead, but Bridgewater State reeled off seven straight points to take a 45-42 margin with 10:35 to play in the game. The Beacons later tied it at 47-47 when freshman guard/forward Evyn Gregory-Stewart (Edgewater, NJ) drained a three-pointer with 7:29 remaining in the game, before the Bears went on a 13-6 run, fueled by five points each from DePina and sophomore guard Corey Cuddihy (Scituate, MA), to take a 60-53 advantage with 1:53 showing on the second half clock. UMass Boston would get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
Bridgewater State netted the first nine points of the game, while holding the Beacons scoreless for the first 6:21, before sophomore guard Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA) converted a lay-up for UMB. The Bears maintained a 21-9 advantage with 8:43 to go in the opening half, but UMass Boston closed out the half with a 16-3 stretch, paced by six points from freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke), to take a 25-24 edge into the intermission. The Beacons held the visitors to just 29% (9-31) from the floor in the initial stanza.
Penney made a lay-up at the 14:28 mark to give UMass Boston its largest lead of the game at 36-31, before Bridgewater scored the next five points, capped by a Cuddihy trifecta to tie the contest at 36-36 with 13:59 left in the game.
DePina was 6-12 from the floor in addition to five steals, a pair of blocks and an assist for the Bears, while Cuddihy finished with 11 points and an assist in 14 minutes off the bench. Junior guard Brittney Chappron (Braintree, MA) chipped in with 11 points, five steals, three rebounds and three assists.
Langford came off the bench to lead the Beacons with career-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double in addition to a personal-best six assists and three steals, while Penney finished with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist of the bench. Gregory-Stewart also contributed with nine points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, January 17 when it hosts Little East Conference foe Keene State College at 1:00 p.m., while Bridgewater State hosts MASCAC opponent Fitchburg State College on January 17 at 1:00 p.m.