DANBURY, Conn. – Despite a game-high 16 points from Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) Western Connecticut State University outscored the Beacons 12-4 in the first overtime to earn a 63-55 decision in the Little East Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena.
UMass Boston 55, Western Connecticut State University 63 (OT)
UMass Boston (3-3, 0-1 Little East Conference)
Western Conn. State U. (2-3, 1-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Even at 44-44 with 6:09 to play the two teams exchanged baskets over the next three minutes. Western's Samantha Smith made it 51-49, in favor of the home team after she drained a three pointer with just over two minutes to play.
Katrina Edwards then tied at 51-51 with 19 seconds left on a lay-up off of a Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) assist. Neither team would then capitalize over the final seconds. However the Beacons thought they had the game-winner as the buzzer sounded but the officials waved off the hoop forcing the overtime.
In five minute frame, the Beacons offense went cold, which allowed the host Colonials to cruise to the conference win. Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) would score the only three-pointer in the final frame, while Edwards drained a free throw. The Colonials were led by Gabrielle Hurlbert who had four points in the overtime, while Smith finished with three.
Jordan ended the day 6-for-9 from the field, and 3-for-6 at the line. Mathieu stepped-up as the Beacons big rebounder, as the sophomore grabbed 11 boards.
For the Colonials, Alecia Dulaire had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Smith came off the bench to finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- Jordan's 16 points was the second-most for the senior guard this season
- Western Connecticut held a 47-42 advantage on the glass
- The Colonials bench combined for 25 points, while the Beacons only had nine
- Edwards finished second on the team with nine points, followed by Mathieu with eight
- Western Connecticut now leads the series 39-12
The Beacons return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Framingham State University for a 6 p.m. non-conference game.