BOSTON, Mass. – On just her third field goal of the afternoon junior forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) became the newest member of the UMass Boston 1,000 point club, as the All-American led the Beacons to a 63-44 non-conference win over Suffolk University Tuesday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
For Murphy, she capped off the career night with the Beacons only double-double as she finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. With the win, UMass closed out its non-conference schedule, and improved to 13-7 on the year. The Rams dropped to 7-12 overall, as they lost their second straight to the Beacons.
Now the second player this season to surpass the 1,000 point mark this season, Murphy joins current teammate Kirsten Morrison, who reached her 1,000 career points on November 22, 2014 in the win over Salem State University.
At no point in Tuesday's contest did the Beacons ever let the Rams control the scoreboard. They jumped out to an early lead, thanks to Murphy, and never looked back. The Rams would tie the score once, on their first field goal of the afternoon, but with back-to-back baskets by the Beacons, Suffolk would never come close to matching UMass.
The Beacons would close out the first half with a commanding 30-16 lead, with Morrison leading the way with 11 points. UMass dominated offensively as they shot a combined 48.1% from the field. The Rams struggled throughout the opening frame as they shot 23.3%.
In the second half, freshman guard Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) blew the game wide open as she erupted for 11 of her 13 points in the first five minutes. On the day, Geary finished 5-for-8 from the floor, and shot 50% from 3-point range (3-6). Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) also had a big game for the Beacons, as the freshman finished with a team-best 14 points, as she too went 5-for-8 from the floor, with three 3-pointers.
Even in the second half the Beacons offense did not miss a beat as they continued make every possession count. They closed out the night shooting 43.6% (24-55), while the Rams offense continued to struggle as they ended the day shooting 26.9% (18-67).
On the glass, UMass held a +7 advantage as they outrebounded their cross-town rivals 46-33.
Leading the Rams on the night was Alessandra Quadri, who had the team's only double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Her twin sister Iliana, hard a career night of her own as she became the newest member of the Suffolk University 1,000 point club, as she needed just five points coming into Tuesday's contest. Iliana led the Rams with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and also had one of Suffolk's two blocked shots.
The Beacons return to action on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference game.