BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Jeileen Rivera's double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds the Mustangs of Mount Ida College (5-3) defeated women's basketball (2-5) by the final score of 62-43 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
The win marked the fifth straight for Mount Ida, who in the first half held the Beacons to just 10 points, while tallying 33 of their own. Along with Rivera, Evebonee Acosta finished with 12 points, and Jenn Rafuse came off the bench to score 13 in 14 minutes of playing time.
Freshman and Little East Conference Rookie of the Week Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) managed her second straight double-double as the 6'2" center totaled 12 boards and 11 points. Freshman guard Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) sparked a late Beacons rally in the second half, with her 13 points. The Boston native was 3-for-15 from the field and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. At the line she knocked down six of her seven attempts.
Senior Elizabeth Dow (Marshfield, Mass.) also had a strong night on the glass with her 11 boards, seven of which were on the offensive side of the court. The forward also managed six points on 3-of-6 shooting and came-up with a pair of steals and one assist as well.
The first 20 minutes belonged to the Mustangs as they out worked the Beacons to every rebound and every loose ball on the court. Within the first 10 minutes of play, Mount Ida held a commanding 13 point lead over UMass Boston. Not able to find any rhythm offensively, the Beacons were never able to slow the Mustangs down, as their lead eventually grew to 26 points before the half.
Hoping to catch Mount Ida sleeping in the second half, UMass Boston came out knowing that they had a long road ahead of them if they were going to get back into the game. Showing some signs of life, the Beacons began to chip away at the Mustangs lead as best as they could. They would eventually get the deficit down to 14, but with another strong push by the Mustangs, the late Beacon rally was not enough.
Women's Basketball returns to their home court on Saturday when they host Keene State College at 1 p.m.