BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball closed the game on a 4-0 run, to cap off a back-and-forth 70-67 win over conference foe Western Connecticut State University.
UMass Boston 70, Western Connecticut State 67
(UMass Boston 14-4, Little East 7-2)
(Western Connecticut State 7-9, Little East 2-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a game that featured 11 ties and 16 lead changes, Geanna Williams' (Cromwell, Conn.) layup with 10 seconds remaining, gave the Beacons their largest lead in the final five minutes of the contest, and helped the Beacons earn the season-sweep of the Colonials.
Sophomore Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) poured in a game-high 19 points, to go along with four assists.
Fellow sophomore Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) turned in her second near triple-double of the season against the Colonials. The point guard recorded 16 points, a season-high eight assists and seven rebounds, while shooting 7-10 from the field.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) was the final Beacon to finish in double-figures. Grassi went 5-5 from the field to finish with 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Williams finished with just four points off the bench, but added a game-high nine rebounds.
Jancy Sherwood led three Colonials in double-figures with 16 points on 5-12 shooting from distance. Hannah Maghini added 13 points off the bench, while Genesis Torres finished with 11 points and six steals.
UMass Boston turned the ball over 27 times (their second-most all season), but used a season-best 52.6 percent mark from the field to slip past the Colonials.
The Beacons leapt out to a 14-6 lead in the first 3:27 behind five points apiece from Grassi and Jackson.
Western Connecticut State answered back with a 10-0 run to take a 16-14 lead and they held onto a slim 18-16 edge after 10 minutes.
UMass Boston answered back midway through the second quarter to open up a 33-26 lead. Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) keyed the 7-0 run, with a jumper and a 3-pointer.
After a late Colonials run cut the Beacons lead to two at halftime, neither side could take control in the second half. UMass Boston opened up four four-point leads in the second half, but the visitors wouldn't go away.
In the fourth quarter, UMass Boston grabbed a 60-56 lead with 6:37 left, but the Colonials used a 7-0 run over the next three minutes, to take their first lead of the half since 9:50 left in the third quarter.
Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) and Jackson answered back with back-to-back layups to give the Beacons a 64-63 lead with 2:30 left. Maghini hit two free throws to give the Colonials the lead back, but Jackson hit a go-ahead layup once again at 2:09.
Western took their final lead on Jessica Davis' layup with 1:16 left (67-66). Mazyck tied the game by hitting one of two free throws and Grassi made it 68-67 UMass Boston with a free throw of her own.
Quinones made the big play defensively for UMass Boston to ice the game. The Beacons junior forward stole the ball away with 10 seconds left and found Williams for a huge layup to make it 70-67 with 10 seconds left.
After a Western timeout, Torres' game-tying three-pointer fell of the mark and Mayzck grabbed the rebound to close out the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons shot 52.6 percent from the field (30-57) and 50 percent (5-10) from distance.
- UMass Boston tied their season-high with 20 assists in the victory.
- In two games against the Colonials this season, Jackson has averaged 17.5 points, eight rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 17-40 all-time against the Colonials and stretched their win streak to five-straight against Western Connecticut State.
- UMass Boston moved into second in the Little East Conference on Saturday, after Keene State College hit a buzzer-beating three against the University of Southern Maine.
UMass Boston will close out their five-game home streak on Wednesday, when they host Keene State College at 5:30 p.m.