HOOPER LEADS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PAST WHEELOCK, 72-42
Dec. 2, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Freshman guard Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) netted a game-high 20 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team past Wheelock College, 72-42, Thursday evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the win, the Beacons surpass last season's win total and improve to 5-1 overall on the year, matching the best start in program history after six games. The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-4 on the season.
UMass Boston opened the game on a 15-2 run fueled by seven points from Hooper to jump ahead to a comfortable double-double lead with 15:59 remaining in the half. A layup by senior guard Joy Holliday (Milford, MA)with 14:25 to play in the first stanza cut the Beacon lead to ten at 17-7, but it would be the closest the Wildcats would come for the remainder of the contest as UMass Boston closed out the first half strong, taking a 40-21 lead into the locker room. Hooper did most of her damage in the opening frame, dropping 19 points on 8-9 shooting from the floor.
A three point bucket by senior guard Sharrell Brown (Brooklyn, NY) pulled Wheelock to within 16 at 51-35 with 11:36 to play in the second half but the visitors would not get any closer. Over the final 11 minutes of action, UMass Boston used a 21-7 spurt to close the door on the Wildcats with the 72-42 victory.
Senior forward Cammy Brown (Malden, MA) played extremely well in the low post for UMass Boston, recording a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Kendra Mosley (Indian Head, MD) chipped in with 13 points as well as four steals and four assists while junior forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) grabbed nine rebounds off the bench.
For Wheelock, Brown led the way scoring a team-high 17 points on 6-10 shooting from the field including 4-6 from behind the arc. Sophomore forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) hauled in a team-best eight rebounds to go along with four points, two assists, one steal and a block.
UMass Boston will return to action on Saturday, December 4 when they head to Keene, NH to face Keene State College in the first Little East Conference match-up of the year at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats are idle until Tuesday, December 7 when they host Southern Vermont at Pine Manor College in a 5:15 p.m. tilt.