Women's Basketball Downs Thomas College in Season Opener

Women's Basketball Downs Thomas College in Season Opener

ORONO, Maine—Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Rachel Tutkus (Braintree, Mass.) each recorded double-doubles, to lead UMass Boston women's basketball past Thomas College (Maine) in their season opener. 
THE BASICS

UMass Boston 66, Thomas College (Maine) 50

(UMass Boston 1-0) 
(Thomas College 0-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons used a big advantage in the paint and a strong defensive showing in their first game of the Maine Maritime Academy. 

Grassi paced the Beacons with a game-high 21 points on 7-15 shooting and 2-5 shooting from distance. The junior grabbed a career-high nine offensive rebounds, 12 total, and also tacked on one steal. 

Tutkus added 11 points and 12 rebounds (six offensive) in her collegiate debut. The sophomore transfer went 4-9 from the field and chipped in a game-high four steals. 

Senior guard Jamie Staples (Amherst, Mass.) recorded 16 points on 7-12 shooting and 2-3 shooting from beyond the arc. She also led the Beacons with three assists and had three steals. 

Senior Maia Daugherty (Boston, Mass.) recorded a career-high nine points in her first collegiate start. 

Thomas was led by Kaylee Ravagli, who poured in a team-high 19 points on just eight shots. Shala Davis and Karli Stubbs each finished second with seven points for the Terriers. 

After a tight first five minutes, UMass Boston went on a 7-0 run to open up a 13-4 lead with 4:15 left in the quarter. Tutkus opened the run with a layup and two free throws, before Daugherty drained a 3-pointer. 

The Beacons stretched their lead to as many as 15 points in the second quarter, before the Terriers cut the deficit to 33-22 at the break. 

UMass Boston led by six or more throughout the third quarter and extended their advantage to 15 going into the third, when Staples knocked down a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the third. 

The Beacons pushed their lead out to a game-high 18 points late in the fourth. UMass Boston used their size to wear down the Terriers in the quarter, as they pulled down 11 of 14 rebounds, including six offensive boards. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston earned a 39-32 edge in rebounds and pulled down 24 offensive boards. The Beacons used that advantage to record a 22-15 lead in second-chance points and a 30-14 lead in points in the paint. 
  • Three Beacons made their collegiate debut in the victory. Keriann Farina (Arlington, Mass.), Jade Wint (Brockton, Mass.) and Tutkus all played 10 or more minutes in the contest. Junior transfer Nicola Webbe (Dorchester, Mass.) made her Beacons debut. 
  • UMass Boston shot 37.5 percent from the field (24-64), 6-19 from distance (31.6 percent) and 75 percent (12-16) from the charity stripe. 
  • Saturday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the Beacons and Thomas College. 
  • Staples' 16 points are her most points since joining the Beacons before her junior campaign. 
  • UMass Boston outscored the Terriers in all four quarters, including 15-9 in the second. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will take on host Maine Maritime Academy on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Mariners fell 79-73 to Wheaton College (Mass.) in the opening game of the Tip-Off Tournament.