Nov. 21, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Toya Chester (North Attleboro, MA) recorded a double-double on 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Framingham State College women's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 48-43, this afternoon to capture the 2009 UMass Boston Tip-off Classic championship at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. This is the second Tip-Off Classic crown for the Rams, who also captured the title in 2002. Chester was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player for her performance over the two games in the tournament. The win improves Framingham State's record to 2-0 while the loss drops the Beacons to 1-1.
After four and half minutes of scoreless basketball to open the game, the Beacons got on the board first on a pair of free throws by junior guard Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA) before the Rams rattled off seven straight points capped by a jumper by Chester with 12:59 to play in the half, giving the visitors the 7-2 edge. With 9:25 remaining in the first frame, Framingham State extended its lead to seven on a jumper by freshman forward Michelle Hagerty (Somerville, MA), making it a 15-8 FSC advantage, but UMass Boston reeled off eight straight points, including three-pointers from Penney and senior guard/forward Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA). The Beacons led 16-15 with 4:52 left in the opening half for its first lead of the half since the opening free throws and took a 20-19 margin into the intermission.
Sophomore forward Emily Clark hit the first shot of the second half to give the Rams a 21-20 lead, but the Beacons went on a 6-2 run, capped by a Levy three-pointer to make it a 27-23 contest with 13:30 showing in the second session for their largest lead of the day. Framingham State called a timeout and responded with an 8-0 run to give the Rams a four point edge, 31-27, with 10:51 to play.
Over the next four minutes, UMass Boston was able to keep the game within reach, preventing the Rams from doing any further offensive damage by forcing two Ram turnovers. A jumper by Chester with 2:12 left on the clock put the Rams on top 42-36 before the Beacons were able to fight back and close to within a point. Ashe started a 5-0 run with a layup in the paint to cut Framingham's lead to four at 42-38 with 1:41 remaining. Sophomore forward Molly Piette (Webster, MA) stepped up right when the Beacons needed a clutch shot, connecting on a bomb from downtown to make it 42-41, FSC, with 1:10 to play. UMass Boston remained within one with 21 seconds remaining when a baseline jumper by Penny made it a 44-43 contest, but that would be UMass Boston's last points of the afternoon. Framingham State closed out the contest with four free throws to secure the win.
Ashe and Penney both finished the afternoon with 12 points to lead the Beacons while Levy chipped in with nine points, six rebounds, and two assists. Both Ashe and Levy were selected to the All-Tournament team for their efforts over the weekend.
For the Rams, Minor netted 11 points to go along with 11 boards for a double-double while junior guard Nicole McConaghy (Medford, MA) dropped nine points, dished out three assists, to go along with two steals and one rebound. McConaghy was named to the All-Tournament team for her two solid efforts . The 2009 UMass Boston Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team Joa Claircius, G - Southern Vermont Paulette Wright, F - Pine Manor Caroline Ashe, G/F - UMass Boston (17.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 1.5 apg, 0.5 spg., 14-22 FG, 6-13 3PT FG, 1-2 FT) Kate Levy, G - UMass Boston (9.0 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 2.0 apg., 0.5 bpg., 7-21 FG, 2-10 3PT FG, 2-2 FT) Nicole McConaghy, G - Framingham State (9.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 5.0 apg., 3.5 spg., 7-22 FG, 5-9 FT) Tournament MVP: Toya Chester, F - Framingham State (18.5 ppg., 10.5 rpg., 2.0 apg., 3.5 spg., 13-23 FG, 3-5 3PT FG, 8-11 FT)
UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, November 24 when it hosts Fitchburg State College at 5:30 p.m., while Framingham State hosts Gordon College on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.