FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—Framingham State University used a huge third-quarter to erase an 11-point halftime deficit, and earn a non-conference victory Wednesday evening over UMass Boston women's basketball.
Framingham State 73, UMass Boston 68
(UMass Boston 3-4)
(Framingham State 7-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Rams outscored UMass Boston 27-13 in the third quarter to take the lead and never looked back, in earning their seventh-straight win to open the season.
Junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) paced the Beacons with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting. She also tacked on a team-high 13 rebounds to post her third double-double in seven games.
Senior Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) poured in a season-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and chipped in with six rebounds and three assists.
Framingham State center Alycia Rackliffe led five Framingham State players in double figures with 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds and eight blocks.
Lauren Donahue added 14 points and a game-high seven assists, while Raegan Mulherin (13 points), Sarah Palace (11 points) and Monta Connolly (10 points) also finished in double-figures.
UMass Boston jumped all over the Rams in the first half, en route to grabbing an 11-point lead at the break.
With the score tied at 2-2 three minutes in, UMass Boston closed the quarter on a 15-7 flurry, thanks to five points each from Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) and Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.).
The Beacons pushed their lead out to as many as 12 in the second quarter, thanks to a 4-for-9 showing from behind the arc. Mathieu and Jordan carried the scoring load in the quarter, with both players recording eight points apiece.
Framingham State would turn the tide in the third quarter though, as they outscored UMass Boston 27-13 to grab a 56-53 lead. Tiphani Harris gave the Rams their first lead since 2-0, with a layup at 4:07 of the quarter to make it 48-47.
The Beacons grabbed the lead back thanks to back-to-back baskets from Kelsey, but Framingham State would close the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 56-53 lead.
Kelsey would cut the deficit to 56-55 at 9:19 of the quarter, but that would be as close as the Beacons would get. UMass Boston would cut the deficit to three points on three separate occasions, with Mathieu's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left cutting the deficit to 71-68.
Lauren Donahue pushed the lead back to five (73-68) with two free throws with 40 seconds remaining. UMass Boston had three final looks in the final minute, but they couldn't find an answer.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot just 30.9 percent (25-of-81) from the field and 8-of-25 (32 percent) from distance. The Rams knocked down 42.2 percent (27-of-64) of their shots and 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) of their 3-point attempts.
- The Beacons earned a 57-48 edge on the boards and a 15-9 edge in second-chance points.
- Kelsey's 13 rebounds tied her season high.
- With the win, Framingham State improved to 10-19 all-time against UMass Boston.
- Mathieu's 13 points nearly matched her season total. The junior had recorded 17 points in the first six games of the season.
UMass Boston will travel to Little East Conference foe Keene State College on Saturday at 1 p.m.