Keene State Hands Women's Basketball Their First Loss of the Season

Keene State Hands Women's Basketball Their First Loss of the Season

KEENE, N.H.—Keene State College held UMass Boston to a 27.5 percent shooting and a season-high 29 turnovers, to earn a 66-49 win over the Beacons on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS

Keene State College 66, UMass Boston 49

(UMass Boston 6-1, Little East Conference 1-1)
(Keene State College 2-7, Little East Conference 1-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Owls jumped out to a 19-9 lead after the first quarter and trailed for a total of seven seconds, to earn an upset win over the Beacons.

Junior Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) was the only Beacon to finish in double-figures. Grassi went 5-10 from the field and 5-6 from the charity stripe for a team-high 16 points. She also added nine rebounds and four steals.

Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) added eight points and Jamie Staples (Springfield, Mass.) chipped in seven points and six rebounds off the bench.

Keene State was led by Jordyn Burke. The junior poured in 18 points on 6-9 shooting and posted five offensive rebounds and two steals. Lily Shlimon added 16 points off the bench and Hailey Derosia registered eight points and seven assists.

Both teams got off to a extremely slow start, with the Owls leading 3-0 after 3:40. Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) hit two free throws to put the Beacons on the board and Maia Daugherty (Boston, Mass.) tacked on two of her own to give the Beacons their only lead of the game (4-3 with 5:26 left in the first quarter). 

Keene State immediately went on a 10-1 run to take a 13-5 lead and stretched their lead to 19-9 after the opening 10 minutes. 

UMass Boston played their most competitive quarter of the game in the second. After going down by 12 midway through the quarter, UMass Boston went on a 8-2 run to close the half down by six (35-29).

Keene State put the game away with a huge third quarter. The Owls doubled up the Beacons 20-10 and held the Beacons to a 2-13 mark from the field. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston shot 14-51 (27.5 percent) from the field, and 21.4 percent (3-14) from distance. The Beacons field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage were both their second-lowest marks of the season.
  • Grassi went over 900 career points with her 16-point performance. She currently sits 11th in program history with her 901 career points.
  • Keene State earned a 28-16 edge in points in the paint and a 26-15 lead in bench points.
  • The win for Keene State snapped a four-game Beacons winning streak over the Owls. Keene State leads the all-time series 38-14.
  • With the loss, the 2015-16 and 2019-20 teams are tied for the best start to a season in program history. Both teams started 6-0, before losing their seventh games. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will close out the semester on Tuesday night, when the host Salem State University at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the contest, UMass Boston will hold a ceremony to sign the newest member of their team.