BOSTON, Mass.—Despite a frantic comeback effort from UMass Boston women's basketball, Bridgewater State University snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday night with a 77-68 win over the Beacons.
Bridgewater State University 77, UMass Boston 68
(UMass Boston 5-7)
(Bridgewater State 4-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The visitors jumped out to a 47-28 lead at the break and stretched their lead out to as many as 27 late in the third, before the Beacons began to mount their comeback. UMass Boston cut the deficit to eight with 2:51 to play, only to have the Bears knock down five of their next six free throws to ice the game.
Senior Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) put together a career performance in the loss, as she finished with a career-best 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Jordan, who played all but one minute, tried to single-handedly keep the Beacons in the game through the first three quarters. The senior scored nine points each in the first and third quarters and seven more in the second.
Junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) tacked on a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Ariana Rivera (Burlington, Mass.) chipped in with three 3-pointers and 14 points off the bench. Senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) tied for the team-high with 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
Bridgewater State had four players finish in double-figures, led by senior Jennie Linland's 22 points. The senior captain went 10-for-15 from the free throw line and added seven rebounds and three steals.
Stephanie DeSantis added 20 points on four threes and Rhiana Page (12 points) and Sara DaSilva (10 points) also reached double-digits.
After UMass Boston leapt out to a 5-0 lead, the Bears scored eight in a row and 20 of the next 22 points to grab a 20-7 lead. By the end of the first quarter the lead was 23-11 and would only continue to grow.
The Bears knocked down 53 percent of their shots in the second quarter and hit 8-of-9 free throws to push the lead to 47-28 at the break.
Bridgewater State would continue to stretch out the lead throughout most of the third quarter, with Linland's two free throws with 2:59 in the quarter pushing the lead to 62-35.
UMass Boston broke out of their slumber at that point and began their comeback efforts. Sophomore Michaela Ilebode (Malden, Mass.), Rivera and Jordan combined for an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 62-45 with 39 seconds in the third. The Bears answered back with three-straight points to make it a 20-point game with 10 minutes left.
Rivera and Kelsey tried to will the Beacons back into the game early in the fourth, as the pair combined to knock down three 3-points during a 11-2 run that made it 68-56 with 6:12 left to play.
Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) cut the deficit to eight (69-61) at 2:51, after she drained a three and then added a layup.
That would be as close to reality as the comeback would get though, as DeSantis hit a back-breaking three on the next possession, and the Bears followed with five made free throws.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bridgewater State, who went 0-for-1 from the free throw line in their last game, finished 25-of-38 from the charity stripe. The Beacons only attempted 19 free throws (12-of-19).
- UMass Boston shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field and 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) on threes. The Bears ended the night shooting 54.8 percent (23-of-42) and 6-of-12 (50 percent) from behind the arc.
- The Beacons owned an 18-4 edge in bench points and 39-28 edge in rebounds.
- With the win, Bridgewater State snapped a three-game losing streak against the Beacons and improved to 25-8 all-time against UMass Boston.
UMass Boston will return to conference play on Saturday, when they host Rhode Island College at 1 p.m.