Balanced Attack Leads Women's Basketball To First-Ever Win Over Emmanuel

Balanced Attack Leads Women's Basketball To First-Ever Win Over Emmanuel

BOSTON, Mass.—Five different Beacons finished in double-figures, to lead UMass Boston women's basketball past host Emmanuel College 80-69 on Tuesday night at the Andy Yosinoff Court.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 80, Emmanuel College 69

(UMass Boston 11-3)

(Emmanuel 8-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons scored 20 or more points in each of the first three quarters and held off a late run from the Saints to earn their second-straight, quality road victory.

Jalani Jackson recorded a career-high 23 points in 28 minutes of action.  The sophomore tied her career-high with six made 3-pointers (6-8) and finished the night 6-9 from the field and 5-6 from the charity stripe.

Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) tacked on 15 points and tied for the team-lead with four assists. Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) added 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Off the bench, Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) recorded 13 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Jamie Staples (Amherst, Mass.) registered 11 points on 3-4 shooting from distance and chipped in three assists.

Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda was a one-woman show for the host Saints. The junior went off for a game-high 30 points and 13 rebounds. Maddie McLaughlin finished second for Emmanuel with eight points, to go along with her six assists and four steals.

The Beacons put together one of their best showings of the season from beyond the arc. UMass Boston not only hit a season-high 11 3-pointers, but the Beacons finished 11-21 (52.4 percent) for the game.

After falling behind 9-3 early, Jackson knocked down a pair of free throws and then added back-to-back three pointers to give UMass Boston an 11-9 edge at 6:07 of the first quarter. Jackson recorded the first 11 points of the game for the Beacons.

UMass Boston used a 7-0 run to build an 18-11 lead, but the Saints immediately responded with a 9-0 flurry to take a 20-18 lead.

The Saints extended their advantage to 25-22 just over a minute into the second quarter, but that would be the last time the hosts would lead. Mayck knocked down a layup jumper to cut the deficit to one and Grassi followed with the first of her two 3-pointers to give the Beacons the lead.

After Ramirez-Tejada tied the game at 27, UMass Boston used a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. Junior Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) started the flurry with a pair of free throws and Staples followed with a three-pointer. Mayzck pushed the lead to seven with a layup and Williams closed the run with a pair of free throws.

UMass Boston went into the half leading 43-33 thanks to a 5-0 run over the final 46 seconds. Grassi hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to seven and then drained a 25-foot, three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Beacons their first double-digit lead.

The Beacons kept their momentum going into the second half and stretched the lead out to as many as 20 late in the third quarter. Staples, Jackson and Williams combined for 20 of the Beacons' 24 points in the quarter, including a 4-5 performance from distance.

Emmanuel cut the Beacons' lead to as few as seven points in the fourth quarter, but UMass Boston hit all four of their free throws, to close out the victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston shot 42.4 percent from the field (25-59) and went 19-24 (79.2 percent) from the free throw line. The Beacons held Emmanuel to a season-low 30.4 percent mark (24-79) from the field and 3-19 showing (15.8 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.
  • Sophomore Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) recorded a season-high 11 rebounds in the victory. Her career-high is 18 rebounds, which she set as a freshman at Hunter College.
  • The Beacons earned a 24-16 edge in bench points and a 33-9 advantage from beyond the arc.
  • The win marked UMass Boston's first-ever win over Emmanuel College in 12 all-time meetings. UMass Boston and the Saints had not played since 1996.
  • Emmanuel's four losses are to top-10 teams Amherst College and Messiah College and defending NEWMAC Champion MIT, and a defending LEC Champion UMass Boston.
  • Jackson finished 15-57 (26.3 percent) from beyond the arc as a freshman. She is shooting 58.9 percent (33-56) on 3-pointers as a sophomore.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will kick off a five-game, Little East Conference homestand on Thursday, when they host Plymouth State University at 5:30 p.m.