Beacons Big Three Lead Women's Basketball To 70-60 Win Over Keene State

KEENE, N.H.—Behind 55 combined points from Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.), Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) UMass Boston (6-2, 1-1 Little East Conference) earned their first conference win of the season Saturday afternoon in a 70-60 victory over Keene State College (3-5, 0-2 LEC) at the Spaulding Gym. 

Keene State won all three games against UMass Boston last season including a win in the Little East Conference Quarterfinals. The Owls also held a 31-4 edge in the all-time series coming in, but Pina, Morrison and Perra wouldn't let history get in their way. 

Pina finished with a season-high and game-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting and a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe to help UMB break a four-game losing streak against the Owls.. The senior guard added six rebounds and three steals in the win.

Morrison added 18 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. The sophomore forward knocked down 7-of-14 shots and chipped in two steals and two blocks.

Rounding out the big three, Perra had her best game of the season as well, finishing with 15 points and a team-high five assists. After failing to reach double-digit points in each of the team's first seven games, she knocked down three 3-pointers and hit 6-of-7 shots from the free throw line.

Freshman forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) added nine points and six rebounds in the win, while fellow freshman Meghan Agger (Sacco, Maine) accounted for the final six Beacons points. 

Sophomore Christan Wotjas led the Owls with 16 points, while Laurie Allen added 14 points.

The Beacons jumped out to an 11-5 lead before the first timeout behind six points from Pina.

Keene State grabbed the lead right back at 12:52 with a 9-2 run and would hold on to a slim lead over the next 10 minutes. 

The Beacons finally took the lead back with just under two minutes to go, when Agger nailed a 3-pointer to make it 32-31. A Perra three pushed the lead to 35-31 but Keene State closed the deficit to 35-33 going into the break with a Rachael Brucks layup.

UMass Boston came out of halftime red-hot with a 10-2 start to grab a 45-35 lead at 15:43. The Beacons got layups from Pina, Murphy and Morrison and Perra added four free throws, including three straight after being fouled in the act of taking a three by Wotjas.

Carly Kiernan and the Owls quickly struck back with a 6-0 run to cut the Beacons lead to 45-41 with 11:29 to play; but the Beacons had one more big run in them. UMass Boston used an 11-5 run to extend the lead back to 10 with 6:12 left.

While the Owls were able to cut the deficit to as few as seven on three occasions, UMass Boston kept Keene State at bay by knocking down 8-of-10 free throws in the final minutes. 

For the game, UMass Boston knocked down 21-of-25 free throws for 84 percent. From the field, the Beacons hit 41 percent (22-of-54) of their shots and tied their season-high with five threes. Keene State knocked down 37 percent (23-of-63) of their field goal attempts and 6-of-21 (29 percent) 3-pointers.

UMass Boston will finish off their fall schedule Tuesday when they host Westfield State University at 5:30 p.m.