WORCESTER, Mass.– Led by MVP senior Bridgette Mann, #6 University of Scranton secured the 2018 WPI Holiday tournament title with a 71-40 triumph over UMass Boston women's basketball, Monday afternoon in Harrington Auditorium.
#6 U. of Scranton 71, UMass Boston 40
(UMass Boston 9-2)
(U. of Scranton 12-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Royals dominated the short-handed Beacons 20-3 in the first quarter to cruise to the Tournament Title.
Mann (10pts, 7reb, 5ast) averaged 19 points per game in Scranton's two wins. Junior Sofia Recupero netted 17 points to go with five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Monday's matchup to earn All-Tournament team honors. They were joined on the All-Tournament Team by UMass Boston sophomore Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.), as well as WPI junior Spencer Vinson and Roger Williams junior Sam Leone.
Scranton junior Makenzie Mason led all student-athletes with 18 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Hannah Kowalski accounted for 12 of the Lady Royals 19 points from the bench, while junior Emily Sheehan hauled in seven rebounds.
Junior Jamie Staples (Amherst, Mass.) was the lone Beacon in double digits with 10 points. The trio of Thompson, sophomore Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) and sophomore Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) each netted six points. Junior classmate Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) totaled five rebounds.
Scranton held the Beacons to 4-27 shooting (14.8 percent) in the first half to run out to a 35-13 lead.
The Royals extended their lead to 51-25 after 30 minutes, before UMass Boston outscored Scranton 15-10 over the final 10 minutes.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons were a held to a season-low 27.3 percent mark from the field (15-55). UMass Boston knocked down just four three-pointers (4-16) and finished 6-9 from the free throw line.
- Monday's meeting marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
- UMass Boston played without sophomore combo guard Meg Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) for the first time this season.
- The Royals earned a 44-16 edge in points in the paint.
UMass Boston will open up 2019 on Thursday, January 3, when they host Bridgewater State University at 5:30 p.m.
Parts of This Release Courtesy of WPI Sports Information Department