Dec. 9, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Freshman guard Shelby Buck (Greenfield, MA) scored 13 points including two key 3-pointers in the second half to help the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team defeat Lesley University, 53-44, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Beacons extend their win streak to six games, matching the longest mark in school history, and improve their record to 8-1 overall to tie the 1982-83 squad for the best start in program annals. With the loss, the Lynx fall to 1-6.
Freshman guard Kendra Mosley (Indian Head, MD) had a tough night from the floor, going 3-13, but was still able to tally nine points with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for UMass Boston, while freshman guard Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) chipped in with 12 points and sophomore forward Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) pulled down eight rebounds to tie Mosley for the team lead.
Lesley's offense was paced by junior forward Rachael O'Mara (Levittown, NY), who led all scorers with 15 points and dished out five assists. Senior center Brianne Caira (Pelham, NH), who is averaging a double-double this season, also had a solid game with eight points and eight rebounds.
The first half was controlled by the Beacons throughout, but the Lynx continued to stick around and trailed by just five at halftime, 29-24. After Lesley nailed three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half to cut the UMass Boston lead to 31-30, the Beacons went on a 10-0 run over the next 3:12 which was capped by Buck's pair from behind the arc. That swing in momentum helped UMass Boston open up a 16-point lead, 51-35, on a layup by Buck with 7:38 left to play. The Lynx cut the lead to single digits, 53-44, on a shot in the paint by senior forward Kaitlyn Wechsler (Merrick, NY) with 4:04 left, but neither team was able to score again before the final buzzer.
Both teams are back in action Saturday as the Beacons host Rhode Island College at 1:00 p.m. and the Lynx travel to Elms College for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.