BOSTON, Mass.—The #14th ranked University of Southern Huskies (21-1, 10-1 Little East) grabbed a 20-point lead halfway through the second half and managed to just barely hang on against UMass Boston (12-9, 4-7 Little East) 77-69 Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center.
Tuesday evening's game marked the official reopening of the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium with a crowd of over 300 people in attendance.
After falling behind 55-35 with 12:51 to play, the Beacons did all they could to get back into the game, going on a 17-2 run to cut the deficit to five and continuing to badger the nationally-ranked Huskies for the rest of the way.
Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) led the UMB second-half comeback with 17 of her team-high 21 points in the second stanza. The freshman forward converted on all three of her and-1 opportunities in the second half, as she recorded her second straight double-double against the Huskies with 10 rebounds, to go along with her 21 points.
Sophomore forward Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) added a double-double of her own with 16 points and 10 rebounds, on an efficient 6-for-9 from the field. Sophomore point guard Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) was the final Beacon in double-digits with 10 points and a game-high seven assists.
The Beacons just couldn't overcome Southern Maine's hot outside shooting. Senior Nicole Garland led the Huskies with 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting from behind the arc, while Haley Jordan added 14 points and four treys of her own for the Little East leading Huskies. As a team, Southern Maine knocked down 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) three-pointers for the game, compared to just 7-for-25 (28 percent) from the Beacons.
UMass Boston will continue their season-long seven-game home-stand Thursday when they host Suffolk University at 5:30 p.m.