After a first half of back-and-forth action, Eastern Connecticut State broke open the contest when they opened the second half on a blistering 15-1 run capped by a three-point hoop by junior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT) with 14:14 remaining to put the Warriors up 53-29.
The Eastern Connecticut State bench provided several minutes of solid play late in the game, and overall, the visiting reserves outscored UMass Boston's second unit 29-10 to help the Warriors coast to the 78-42 road victory.
The Beacons connected on three of their first four field goal attempts, including two three-point buckets by freshman guard Sarah McDonough (Weymouth, MA) to jump ahead 8-7 early in the first half.
With 1:12 remaining in the half, Eastern Connecticut State took its largest lead of the stanza when Kelleher converted a layup to put the Warriors on top 38-23. UMass Boston answered and closed out the first half on a 5-0 spurt fueled by a McDonough trifecta and a jumper by sophomore forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) to pull the home team within 10 points heading into the locker room, trailing 38-28 at the intermission.
After allowing the Beacons to shoot 40% (4-10) from behind the arc in the first half, the Warriors' defense locked down the home team in the second stanza, holding UMass Boston to a dismal 7.7% (1-13) from downtown.
For the Beacons, McDonough led the squad with a career-high 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Jaci Goodwin (Melrose, MA) also scored a career-high with 10 points and added a game-high six assists.
Junior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks, CT) led Eastern Connecticut State in points with 12 to go along with three assists. Moriarty finished with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds, while freshman forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, CT) chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
Both teams will be back in Little East Conference action on Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m., when UMass Boston travels to North Dartmouth, MA to play UMass Dartmouth, while the Warriors head to Keene, NH for a date with Keene State College.