BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball put together a dominant performance from start to finish, en-route to their 11th-straight victory.
UMass Boston 77, Bridgewater State 50
(UMass Boston 12-1)
(Bridgewater State 3-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons jumped out to a 16-2 lead and controlled every statistical category, to improve to 12-1 on the year.
Freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) led four Beacons in double-figures with 17 points and nine rebounds. Fellow freshman Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) tacked on a career-high 12 points and eight rebounds in just nine minute of action.
UMass Boston went 12 deep in the win, with all 12 players seeing at least seven minutes of action and 11 of 12 players recording points in the win.
Chanelle Melton led the host Bears with 12 points, while Kailyn Aguiar tacked on 10 points and nine rebounds.
UMass Boston scored at least 21 points in each of the first three quarters and outscored by the Bears by at least seven points in each of those quarters.
It all started with a red-hot start. The Beacons took the lead in the first 31 seconds and raced out to a 16-2 advantage in the first 3:58 of the first quarter. Four different players scored during the run, led by Grassi who knocked down two layups and hit a 3-pointer.
The Beacons led 21-11 after one quarter and quickly pushed their advantage to 17 early in the second quarter.
UMass Boston went into halftime leading 45-28 and pushed their advantage to a game-high 29 points (67-38) at the end of three quarters.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a 54-34 edge in rebounding and turned that into a 26-10 edge in second-chance points.
- The Beacons also earned a 31-15 lead in bench points and 16-7 edge in assists.
- The Beacons held Bridgewater State to 29.6 percent shooting (16-54) and 1-14 shooting (7.1 percent) from distance.
- Senior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) had a game-high five steals and tied fellow senior Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) with a game-high four assists.
- All seven of Quinones' rebounds came on the offensive glass. For the game, UMass Boston earned a 27-13 edge in offensive rebounds.
- The Beacons improved to 10-26 all-time against the Bears and earned their fourth win in five years.
- UMass Boston has reached the 75-point mark in back-to-back games and six times this year.
UMass Boston will have another quick turnaround, as they will travel to take on Little East Conference foe Plymouth State University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.