Nov. 24, 2009
BOSTON, MA - The Fitchburg State College women's basketball team forced 19 first half turnovers in a 52-44 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Falcons improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Beacons fall to 1-2.
The Fitchburg State defense outscored UMass Boston, 26-9, in points off turnovers in what proved to be the difference in the contest. It was a defensive clinic the entire night as both teams failed to shoot over 34% from the field for the game.
Freshman guard Elizabeth Dow (Marshfield, MA) canned a jumper to give the Beacons their largest lead of the night at 9-4 with 13:57 to play in the first half, but a three-pointer, 27 seconds later from junior guard Kim Duprey (Bernardston, MA), would later knot the game at 9-9 for the Falcons. The score remained tied at 11-11 with 11:54 showing in the first stanza, but Duprey buried another trifecta at the 9:18 mark of the first half to give Fitchburg State a lead it would not surrender the rest of the evening. Sophomore forward Molly Piette (Webster, MA) converted a lay-up for UMass Boston to pull the home team to within 14-13 at the 8:55 mark, but it would be the last points of the half for the Beacons as the Falcons closed out the session on an 11-0 run capped by Duprey's third three-pointer of the half for a 25-13 advantage at the intermission.
Fitchburg State later increased their lead to 44-28 with 8:26 remaining in the game for its biggest margin of the contest, but UMass Boston went on a 16-5 run, fueled by a pair of three-pointers off the bench from freshman guard Michaela Cunningham (South Boston, MA), to pull the Beacons to within 49-44 with 50 seconds left in the game. It would be as close as they would get, however, as the Falcons defense held strong for the final ticks of the clock.
Junior guard Kelley Rogers (Lowell, MA) led three players in double-digit scoring for Fitchburg State with 13 points on 4-8 from the floor to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Duprey finished with 12 points on four three-pointers and added two rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench. Junior forward Melissa Proffitt (Hubbardston, MA) chipped in with 12 points, five boards, three assists, two steals and a pair of blocks.
Ashe led UMass Boston with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with a steal, while junior forward Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA) contributed with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal off the bench. Junior forward Cammy Brown (Malden, MA) chipped in with seven points, four rebounds and an assist in 20 minutes of action.
The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, November 28 when they travel to Morristown, NJ to take on Medgar Evers College at 5:00 p.m. in the opening round of the Hilton Thanksgiving Tournament on the campus of College of Saint Elizabeth, while the Falcons travel to Dudley, MA to play Nichols College on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.