Nov. 23, 2010
FITCHBURG, MA - Freshman guard Shelby Buck (Greenfield, OH) poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team past Fitchburg State University, 66-58, Tuesday evening on the Fitchburg State University campus. The win lifts the Beacons to 3-1 overall on the year which is the program's best start since the 2006-07 campaign. The loss drops the Falcons to 2-2 on the season.
The Falcons jumped ahead to a 7-0 lead right out of the gates fueled by five points from senior guard Megan Jacobs (Stoughton, MA) before Buck put UMass Boston on the board at 7-3 on a three-point bucket with 17:13 remaining in the stanza. The Beacons knotted the score at 11-11 on another three-pointer by Buck with 12:51 to play in the half but Fitchburg responded with a 6-0 run, coming on three straight buckets from sophomore forward Jill Moses (Dedham, MA) to put the hosts on top, 17-11 midway through the first session.
UMass Boston responded with an 8-2 spurt of its own to even the score at 19-19 capped by Buck's third three point field goal of the half. The two squads would continue to trade hoops throughout the final 10 minutes of action in the frame before the Beacons took their first lead of the contest following a three-point field goal by freshman guard Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) with 0:06 seconds remaining in the half to make it 32-39, UMass Boston, at the halftime intermission.
A pair of free-throws by senior forward Melissa Proffitt (Hubbardston, MA) gave the Falcons a 35-34 lead with 17:06 to play in the contest, but it was the last lead of the night for Fitchburg State as UMass Boston controlled much of the action from then on. The Falcons were able to tie the contest at 45-45 after two free-throws by freshman guard Amy Fahey (Wilmington, MA) with just over ten minutes to play but the Beacons went on an immediate 6-0 run to match their largest lead of the night, taking a 51-45 advantage with 7:54 to play after two foul shots by freshman guard Kendra Mosley (Indian Head, MD).
A layup by junior forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) gave UMass Boston its largest lead of the night at 63-52 with 3:34 to play. The Falcons were able to cut the lead to five, making it a 63-58 contest after a layup by freshman forward Alyssa Orszulak (Palmer, MA) with 0:32 seconds remaining but a free throw by sophomore forward Elisa Ogawa (Yamanski, Japan) and two free-throws Buck sealed the 66-58 Beacon victory.
Buck's 23 point effort was a career-high and the most by any UMass Boston player during the early goings of the 2010-11 season. Hooper finished the contest with 18 points while in her first action of the season, Rattigan recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 points in 34 minutes of action. Mosley chipped in with a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with six points, four assists and three steals.
For the Falcons, Fahey led the way in scoring with 11 points while Jacobs was next with nine points. Senior guard Molly Maloney (Taunton, MA) grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with five points while Moses and Orszulak each contributed eight points apiece in the effort.
UMass Boston will return to action on Sunday, November 28 when they head to Henniker, NH to face New England College in a non-league match up at 1:00 p.m. The Falcons are idle until Tuesday, November 30 when they Nichols college in a 5:30 p.m. tilt.