Nov. 23, 2008
JERSEY CITY, NJ - Senior guard Kristen Hetsko (Killingworth, CT) scored a game-high 17 points, including the 1000th of her career, as the United States Merchant Marine Academy defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston, 52-34, in the third-place game of the Gothic Knight Tip-Off Tournament played on Charlie Brown Court at the John J. Moore Athletics & Fitness Center on Sunday afternoon.
USMMA finishes third at the two-day tournament and is now 2-1 overall. The Beacons fall to 1-3. USMMA senior guard Stephanie Waller (Brookfield, WI) was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Mariners after tallying 19 points, 20 rebounds and four assists in two games.
Beacon freshman guard Evyn Gregory-Stewart (Leonia, NJ) also earned All-Tournament Team honors in her home state, finishing with a combined 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in two games.
Hetsko finished with 17 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting. She entered the game with 999 points and reached the milestone with a three from the top of the arc just 2:53 into the game off a feed from Waller.
USMMA also received a pair of double-double performances as Waller netted 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and senior forward May Marie Hayes (Pearland, TX) finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
UMass Boston was led by freshman forward Molly Piette (Webster, MA) who contributed eight points and brought down six rebounds. Sophomore forward Cammy Brown (Malden, MA) dropped in seven points and added five rebounds. UMass Boston was plagued by 17.6% shooting (9-51) and did not shoot higher than 19.2 percent in either period.
USMMA, which shot, 8-of-19 from three-point territory and 42.1 percent overall from that distance, won despite shooting just 27.0 percent from the field for the contest (17-of-63). The Mariners connected on just 9-of-44 (.205) inside the three-point line.
USMMA began pulling away with 7:20 left in the first half on a three-pointer by Waller, which was followed just a minute later by a three from sophomore guard Rebecca Grimes (Fairfax, VA) to make the score 22-14. UMass Boston came back with a 6-0 run to bring the score to 22-20 before USMMA made it 25-20 on free throw shots from Hayes and Hetsko to end the half.
The Mariners opened the second half by holding UMass Boston scoreless for the first 6:32. USMMA went on a 16-1 run in the first 8:43 and never looked back. They shot 62.5 percent from three-point range in the second half and 30.8 percent from the floor while the Beacons only shot 16.0 percent. In the second half alone, Hetsko shot 4-5 from behind the arc.
The Mariners return to action on Tuesday, November 25, when they host College of St. Elizabeth at 7:00 p.m. UMass Boston will play again Tuesday as well, facing Fitchburg State College on the road at 5:30 p.m.