BOSTON, Mass. – With a total of six players finishing in double-figures women's basketball made quick work of Western Connecticut State University as they handed the Colonials a 92-60 Little East Conference loss Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on Senior Day.
UMass Boston 92, Western Connecticut State University 60
UMass Boston (22-3, 12-2 Little East Conference)
Western Conn. State (11-14, 4-10 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With a double-double from freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.), the Beacons capped-off the most success regular season in this history of UMass Boston basketball. The Beacons controlled Saturday's contest from the opening tip as they held WCSU to just eight points in the first quarter (28-8).
From there the Beacons would maintain their substantial lead throughout the second stanza, and pushed the deficit to as much as 30 points, which came after a Megan Dixon (Hanovers, Mass.) jumper. UMB would continue to counter the WCSU's fast pace offense throughout the second half, and did not let the Colonials cut their lead to less than 23 points.
From the field Grassi finished 5-for-9 and had three assists, two blocks, and two steals in the standout performance. Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) was just as solid as she dropped in 13 points to go along with eight rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time.
Senior Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) added to the Beacons one-sided victory with her 11 points, while fellow senior Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) dropped in 10 points. Off the bench Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) finished with 10 points as well, and gave the Beacons valuable minutes when called upon.
Dixon proved to be the Beacons top 3-point shooter as she went 3-for-6 from deep to cap-off a 5-for-9 performance.
Western Connecticut saw three players finish with 11 points in the conference loss. Genesis Torress grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, but also had a game-high seven turnovers.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons push their program record to 22 wins, the most of any basketball team (men or women) in UMass Boston history
- The Beacons also honored senior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) in Saturday's win, as she finished with five points, and six rebounds.
- The Beacons have now recorded three straight wins over the Colonials for only the second time in program history, and have won four of their last five meetings with WCSU
- With Saturday's contest Mathieu now sits second all-time in career games played 105
The Beacons will host seven-seed Plymouth State University next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament.