Dec. 8, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Cherie Parisi (South Attleboro, MA) recorded a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Mount Ida College women's basketball team overcame a 12-point first half deficit to defeat host University of Massachusetts Boston, 52-41, in a non-conference match-up tonight at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The win improves the Mustang's record to 5-4 while the loss drops the Beacons to 3-5.
UMass Boston came out of the gates strong, opening the game on a 14-2 run capped by a layup at 13:11 of the first half by senior guard Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA). Ashe drained seven points during the spurt to give the Beacons their largest lead of the night.
Over the next eight minutes, Mount Ida responded with a 15-2 stretch of its own to take a 17-16 lead with 4:42 remaining in the first stanza. Parisi scored six of her 13 points during the burst to help the Mustangs take charge of the action as they would hold a one point lead heading into halftime, 22-21.
After trading hoops to open the second half and with just over 15 minutes to play, Mount Ida took control of the game, going on an 8-0 run fueled by five points from senior guard Nicole Casimiro (Lee, NH) to make it a 36-27 contest with 11:28 remaining.
With 4:26 to play, the Beacons cut the Mustangs' lead to four points, making it a 40-36 game when junior forward Cammy Brown (Malden, MA) converted two free throws, but it was the closest UMass Boston would get as Mount Ida was able to make eight free throws over the final minute to seal the game.
For the Mustangs, Casimiro led all scorers with 14 points to go along with five rebounds, a game-high three blocks, two assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Jeileen Rivera (Springfield, MA) was solid off the bench contributing with nine points and five rebounds in the win.
Ashe led the Beacons in total points with 12 to go along with six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Junior guard Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA) was one rebound shy of a double-double ending the night with 11 points, nine boards and three assists.
Both teams will be back in action this Thursday, December 10. The Beacons will travel to Cambridge, MA to take on Lesley University for an 8:00 p.m. contest while Mount Ida hosts Western New England College at 6:00 p.m.