Hot-Shooting Huskies Claw Past Women's Basketball

Hot-Shooting Huskies Claw Past Women's Basketball

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind 25 points from Alexa Srolovitz and a red-hot shooting night, the University of Southern Maine earned a 71-57 over UMass Boston women's basketball in a matchup of one-loss conference teams. 

THE BASICS

University of Southern Maine 71, UMass Boston 57

(UMass Boston 13-4, Little East 5-2) 

(University of Southern Maine 10-4, Little East 6-1)  

HOW IT HAPPENED

Southern Maine shot 59.3 percent for the first half and finished the game shooting 48.1 percent, to snap a three-game losing streak against the Beacons. 

Srolovitz just missed out on tying her career-high, with 25 points on 9-12 shooting. The senior point guard hit all six of her free throws and tacked on four assists and four steals. 

Fellow senior Kimberly Howrigan added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Kirsten Curley finished with an efficient 15 points on 5-8 shooting. 

The Beacons were led by sophomores Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.), Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) and Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.). 

Mazyck recorded 16 points on 6-13 shooting, while Jackson tacked on 14 points and four steals. 

Grassi overcame a slow start to finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and three blocks. 

After the two teams traded leads for the opening 2:30, Southern Maine grabbed the lead for good on a Srolovitz jumper (6-5). The Huskies quickly pushed their lead out to 17-9 with 2:24 to go in the quarter on a Michelle Rowe three-pointer.  

UMass Boston cut the deficit to six by the end of the quarter, but the Huskies came out roaring to start the second quarter. Southern Maine scored the first 10 minutes of the second quarter to push their lead to 31-15 and stretched their advantage out to as many as 18. 

The Beacons got back within striking distance late in the half, thanks to a 6-0 run. Mazyck opened the run with a layup and then Jackson converted a layup and added two free throws. 

Neither team could take control in the third quarter, with Southern Maine outscoring the Beacons 18-16 to extend their lead to 16. 

UMass Boston finally cut into the deficit in the fourth quarter, as they held Southern Maine to a 3-12 showing (25 percent) from the field and forced nine turnovers. 

After trailing by as many as 18 early in the quarter, UMass Boston used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 60-50 (6:21 left). Srolovitz pushed the lead back to 12 on a pair of Srolovitz free throws, but UMass Boston countered with five-straight points. 

Grassi knocked down a layup to cut it to 10 and Mazyck followed with a 3-point play to get UMass Boston with seven (62-55) with 4:49 to play. 

The Beacons comeback effort fell short though, as they did not hit a field goal the remainder of the way and Southern Maine hit all five of their free throws. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • UMass Boston shot just 30.4 percent (17-56) from the field and 30.8 percent (4-13) from distance. The Beacons did tie their season-high mark from the free throw line at 90.5 percent (19-21). 
  • With the loss, UMass Boston saw their three-game winning streak against the Huskies snapped. Southern Maine leads the all-time series 70-6.
  • UMass Boston falls to 5-2 at home this season and 3-1 in home conference games. 
  • The two teams combined for 47 turnovers, with Southern Maine earning a 25-19 edge in points off turnovers. 
  • With the loss, UMass Boston falls to third in the Little East Conference standings behind UMass Dartmouth (7-1) and University of Southern Maine (6-1). 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will look to bounce back on Saturday, when they host Western Connecticut State University at 1 p.m. The Beacons defeated the Colonials 83-76 on December 8 in Connecticut.