WORCESTER, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball set the program record for best 10-game start to a season Tuesday evening, thanks to a 60-49 win over host Clark University.
UMass Boston 60, Clark University 49
(UMass Boston 9-1)
(Clark University 5-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons used a huge run to to build a 24-point lead early in the third quarter, and cruised to their record eighth-straight win.
With the victory, UMass Boston improved to 9-1 on the year. The previous best 10-game start to a season in program history was 8-2, set by the 1982-83 and 2010-11 teams.
Freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) kept her red-hot start to the season going, as she went off for a game-high 19 points and tacked on 10 rebounds. The freshman forward finished 8-of-16 from the field and added on three assists, one steal and one block.
Freshman Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) registered four points, four rebounds and a game-high four steals in her first collegiate start.
Rachael Chen led three Clark players in double-figures with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Idalis Miranda and Ogechi Ezemma chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.
After a back-and-forth first quarter saw the Cougars go into the break with a 12-11 lead, UMass Boston used an early second-quarter run to take the lead for good.
Freshman Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) cut the deficit to 14-13 and then Grassi gave the Beacons the lead for good with a jumper at 8:09. UMass Boston used an 8-0 run to push the lead to 25-16 and the Beacons would go into the break with a 25-18 advantage.
The Beacons blew the game wide open to start the third quarter. UMass Boston knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 18-1 flurry to start the half. Kelsey, Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) and Grassi each hit a shot from distance, and three other players scored, to push the lead to 43-19 with 4:37 left in the third.
Clark managed to cut the deficit to 50-37 by the end of the stanza, and got within nine points twice in the fourth quarter. That would be as close as they would get, as UMass Boston shot an efficient 41.7 percent in the fourth quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 2-2 all-time against the Cougars. The win marked the Beacons first win over Clark since December 30, 1982.
- UMass Boston earned a 54-35 advantage on the boards and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds.
- The Beacons shot 42.4 percent from the field, while holding Clark to a 27.0 percent mark from the field.
- Grassi recorded her third collegiate double-double in the win and second in the past three games.
UMass Boston will have two weeks off for finals and the holiday break, before traveling to take on MIT on Saturday December 30 at 1 p.m.