BOSTON, Mass.—Suffolk University outscored UMass Boston women's basketball 11-2 over the final 4:30, to hand the Beacons a 73-70 season-opening loss Tuesday night at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
Suffolk University 73, UMass Boston 70
(UMass Boston 0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Beacons took their largest lead of the game with 4:48 left in the fourth quarter, the Rams fought back to take their first lead of the quarter at 2:24 and hit two free throws in the final minute to hang on for a three-point win.
UMass Boston junior Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) paced the Beacons with a game-high 21 points, including 14 in the second half.
Senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) tacked on seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds, with five coming on the offensive end. Fellow senior Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) posted a game-high eight assists and chipped in with six points and four rebounds.
Off the bench, freshman Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) posted eight points in 14 minutes and tied with Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) and Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) for second on the team in points.
Suffolk captain Kelsey Schiebel finished with 15 points to pace four Rams who finished in double-digits. Alexandra Nagri tacked on 14 points, while Alexis Hackett added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
After a close first half, in which neither team led by more than five points, both sides grabbed control of the momentum for long periods of time in the second.
Suffolk quickly pushed their lead out to seven (40-33) to start the second half, when Hackett hit a layup and Nagri hit a free throw within the opening minute of the second stanza.
The Beacons stormed back with a 10-3 run, as Geary knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Jordan and Kelsey added a lay-in apiece.
UMass Boston wrestled control of the contest late in the third quarter, as freshman Martiza Scott hit a lay-in and was fouled to give the Beacons a 58-56 lead heading into the fourth.
Geary and Quinones tacked on back-to-back lay-ins midway through the fourth quarter to push the lead to 68-64 with 4:24 left. Suffolk answered right back though, as the Rams went on a 9-0 run, behind two baskets from Schiebel, a lay-in from Georgia Bourikas and a deep three from Nagri.
Edwards would cut the deficit to 71-70 with 50 seconds left, when she hit two free throws. The Beacons had two chances to tie the game late, but they missed both of their efforts and the Rams hit two of free throws.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Rams finished the game shooting 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field and knocked down 56.3 percent (9-of-16) of their threes. UMass Boston was held to 37.3 percent (25-of-67) from the field and 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from distance.
- With the win, Suffolk snapped a three-game losing streak against the Beacons. UMass Boston still leads the all-time series 15-10.
- The Beacons were extremely strong from the charity stripe, where they hit 16-of-21 (76.2 percent) of their attempts. The Rams ended the night hitting 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the free throw line.
- UMass Boston earned an 18-13 edge in second-chance points and 34-30 advantage in points in the paint.
UMass Boston will travel to New York City this weekend, when they will take part in the New York University Classic. The Beacons will take on St. Catherine University (Minn.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. and the host Violets on Sunday at 5 p.m.