FITCHBURG, Mass.—Behind a career-high 21 points from senior guard Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.), UMass Boston women's basketball held off host Fitchburg State University 81-75 Tuesday night.
UMass Boston 81, Fitchburg State 75
(UMass Boston 2-2)
(Fitchburg State 1-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With first-team All-Conference guard Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) out of the lineup, Jordan was one of three guards who posted season-highs in the contest.
The senior guard, whose previous career-high had been 14 points, went 9-of-17 from the field for a career-high 21 points.
Sophomore Ariana Rivera (Burlington, Mass.) and freshman Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) each posted season-highs. Rivera who had recorded just eight points in the team's first three games, finished with 15 points, while Quinones poured in 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
Junior forward Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) posted her second-straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.
Fitchburg State's Kyra Rose kept the hosts in it thanks to a game-high 32 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Rose tacked on eight rebounds and one assist.
Katelynn Rizzuto (19 points and 12 boards) and Emma Thomson (12 points) joined Rose in double-figures.
Tuesday night's game was a high-scoring affair from the get-go, with both teams scoring at least 14 points in every quarter. The two teams combined for 46 points in the first quarter.
With the two teams extremely close in every statistical category, UMass Boston took control of the game thanks to an 18-5 edge in second-chance points and 33 Fitchburg State turnovers.
After falling behind 6-1 early, UMass Boston went on a 15-2 run midway through the first quarter, with Rivera, Jordan and Kelsey combining for all 15 points. A late Falcons run would cut the deficit to 24-22 after one stanza and give the hosts the momentum heading into the second quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Fitchburg went on an 15-0 run to grab their largest lead of the game at 37-29 with 6:21 to play in the half. Rose extended the lead to 10 at 41-31 with 4:04 left, but UMass Boston cut the deficit to five thanks to a 10-5 edge over the final 4:04.
UMass Boston got themselves back into the game for good with an 8-0 run early in the third quarter. Four different Beacons converted baskets to tie the game at 54 with 5:54 left in the quarter.
Kelsey gave the Beacons the lead for good with 6:17 to play in the fourth quarter, when her 3-pointer made it 65-64 Beacons.
With 1:48 to play and the Beacons leading 74-73, Jordan hit a jump shot and Edwards followed with a 3-point play to push the lead to 79-73. Senior point guard Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) hit two of four free throws down the stretch, to close out the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Both teams shot 38 percent from the field, with the Beacons knocking down just 25 percent (7-of-28) of their shots from distance and 12-of-25 free throws (48 percent).
- While the Beacons only held a 51-49 edge in rebounds, they did earn a 21-13 edge on the offensive boards.
- Junior Elaina Wright-McCarthy (Boston, Mass.) made her season debut in the win.
- UMass Boston improved to 16-11 all-time against the Falcons. Tuesday's matchup was the first contest between the two sides, with former Beacons' assistant Dan Nagle as head coach of Fitchburg State. Nagle was an assistant at UMass Boston from 2010-12.
After three games in four days, UMass Boston will have a week off, before traveling to Colby College next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.