ORONO, Maine--Junior Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a career-high 32 points, to lead UMass Boston women's basketball past host Maine Maritime Academy on Day 2 of the Maine Maritime Academy Tip-Off Tournament.
UMass Boston 64, Maine Maritime 51
(UMass Boston 2-0)
(Maine Maritime Academy 0-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Jackson fell just one point shy of tying the program record for points in a single-game in her junior debut. The point guard finished 10-15 from the field, 4-6 from distance and 8-9 from the charity stripe. She scored nine points in the first quarter, seven more in the second, four in the third, before going off for 12 points in the final stanza. She tacked on four rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Fellow juniors Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) and Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) joined Jackson in double-figures. Mazyck finished with 12 points, four steals, two assists and one rebound. Grassi chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore Rachel Tutkus (Braintree, Mass.) added seven points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Maine Maritime senior Melinda Ogden (12 points) led three Mariners in double-figures. Lauren Plissey recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds and Mikayla Charters posted 11 points and five rebounds.
The hosts took their only lead of the game in the first three minutes. Maine Maritime scored on each of their first three possesions to grab a 6-0 lead, less than 90 seconds into the game.
UMass Boston countered with a 12-0 run of their own. Jackson hit a pair of 3-pointers and Mazyck tacked on two baskets of her own to give the Beacons a 12-6 lead at 5:41.
Maine Maritime fought back to tie the game at 15-15 with 2:46 left in the quarter, only for Jackson to score the final three points of the stanza.
The hosts cut the deficit back to one twice early in the second quarter, but the Beacons responded with a 10-2 run to take a 30-21 advantage. Grassi (5 points), Jackson and Mazyck combined for all 10 points during the spurt.
UMass Boston went into the break leading 32-23 and never let the hosts get closer than five in the third quarter.
Jackson blew the game open in the fourth quarter. With the Beacons already leading by seven, Jackson scored 10 points during a 17-7 run to open up a game-high, 17-point lead (62-45).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Jackson's 32 points easily eclipsed her previous career-high of 23 points (recorded twice). She is the first Beacon to record 30 or more points since Olivia Murphy ('16) became the fourth player in program history to record 33 points in a single-game.
- UMass Boston went 20-55 (36.4 percent) from the field, 5-9 from distance (26.3 percent) and an impressive 19-25 (76 percent) from the free throw line.
- The Beacons five starters recorded all 64 points for UMass Boston in the game.
- For the second-straight game, UMass Boston outscored their opponent in all four quarters.
- UMass Boston forced 32 turnovers and turned their advantage into a 21-8 lead in points off turnovers.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 3-0 all-time against the Mariners.
- UMass Boston is 2-0 for the third time under head coach Kristina Baugh. Last season, the Beacons started the season 5-0.
UMass Boston will have a week off, before they travel to WPI on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.