DARTMOUTH, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball fought back from a 14-point deficit to take the lead, but Colby College closed the Beacons out on an 12-7 run, to earn a 52-48 win on the first day of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Classic.
Colby College 52, UMass Boston 48
(UMass Boston 1-1)
(Colby College 1-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colby College raced out to a 27-13 lead late in the second quarter, only to see UMass Boston scrap and claw their way back into the game. The Beacons outscored the Mules 28-13 over the next 19 minutes to grab a 41-40 lead, but the Mules would have one final run in them.
Colby answered on their next possession to take the lead, and scored on each of their last seven possessions to earn a win in their season opener.
For the second-straight game, freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) paced the Beacons offensively. The freshman forward poured in 13 points on 5-of-10 shootings and tacked on six rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds, while fellow senior Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) tacked on nine points and a game-high four steals. Freshman Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) tacked on eight of Beacons' 12 bench points.
Colby senior center Haley Driscoll finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-9 mark from the free throw line. Ainsely Burns was the only other Mule to finish in double figures, as she recorded 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
UMass Boston carried over their poor shooting from the fourth quarter of Wednesday's season opener, as the Beacons shot just 25 percent from the field (15-of-60) and 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from distance.
The Beacons jumped out to an early lead, as Grassi and Vital combined for all seven points in a 7-2 run over the first five minutes. Colby would lock down the Beacons offense from there, as they closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 10-9 lead into the first quarter intermission.
After the two teams traded baskets early in the quarter, Colby pushed their lead out to 24-11 thanks to a 12-0 flurry. Quinones would finally stop the bleeding with the Beacons first basket in over six minutes, but Driscoll would answer back with an and-one to give Colby their largest lead of the game at 27-13.
Quinones' basket seemed to awaken the Beacons' offense, as the Beacons used a 10-1 run to close the half to cut the deficit to 28-23.
The Beacons carried the momentum into the third quarter, as they outscored the Mules 11-5 to take a 34-33 edge into the fourth quarter.
UMass Boston would stretch their lead out to as many as three early in the fourth on a Grassi layup (38-35), but Colby would lock down their offense from there.
After scoring 23 points in the previous 13 minutes, Colby held UMass Boston without a basket for nearly six minutes.
Grassi briefly gave the Beacons the lead back at 41-40 with 3:19 to play, only for Driscoll to answer. Sarah Hancock added two free throws to make it a 3-point advantage, but UMass Boston's Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:42 left.
After the teams traded baskets one final time, Driscoll gave the Mules the lead for good with two free throws with 47 seconds left. The Mules hit six of eight free throws down the stretch to earn a 52-48 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston earned a 42-38 edge on the glass and ripped down 17 offensive rebounds.
- With the win, Colby improved to 12-3 all-time against the Beacons. UMass Boston defeated Colby 55-49 last year at Colby.
- Four Beacons combined for 39 of the team's 48 points. On the other side, Colby had four players combine for 44 of their 52 points.
- The Beacons forced 19 Colby turnovers, while only turning the ball over 14 times themselves.
UMass Boston will look to bounce back Saturday at Noon, when they take on Rivier University as part of Day 2 of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Classic.