Women's Basketball Completes Season-Sweep Of Keene State

Women's Basketball Completes Season-Sweep Of Keene State

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball used a 12-2 run to open the second-half to open up a double-digit lead, and never looked back in a 63-53 home win over Keene State College Wednesday night. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 63, Keene State College 53

(UMass Boston 15-4, Little East 8-2) 

(Keene State 3-15, Little East 1-9) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons completed their second-consecutive, season-sweep over the Owls for the first time in program history behind their second-half surge. 

Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) paced the Beacons with 14 points on 5-12 shooting and added on a team-high four assists. 

Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) tacked on 12 points, while Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) notched eight points, five rebounds and three assists. 

Post University transfer Meaghan Gotham (Revere, Mass.) recorded nine points on 3-3 shooting in her Beacons debut. The sophomore finished 3-3 from the field and added three made free throws on three attempts in eight minutes off the bench. 

Reigning Little East Conference Player of The Week Lilly Shlimon recorded a game-high 17 points for the Owls. The sophomore finished 6-10 from the field and tacked on two of the three made 3-pointers for the visitors. 

Abby Thut tacked on nine points off the bench, while Tamra Gonyea posted seven points and a team-high six rebounds. 

After a back-and-forth first quarter saw the Owls take a 15-13 lead, UMass Boston used a 6-2 run to take the lead behind six-straight points from Mazyck. The Owls would regain the lead 25-24, before Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to regain the advantage. 

Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Jackson added baskets in the final 40 seconds to give UMass Boston a 31-27 lead at the break. 

UMass Boston took control of the game thanks to their 12-2 run over the first six minutes of the third. 

Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) opened the quarter with a layup, before Tamra Gonyea answered right back for the Owls. Keene State wouldn't score another point for the next 6:01. 

Grassi poured in five points during the ensuing 10-0 run, with Mazyck tacking on the final three points. 

Keene State cut the deficit back to five with a 7-0 run, but Gotham answered back with a pair of free throws and a 3-point play to give the Beacon a 50-42 lead after three quarters. 

The Owls managed to cut the deficit back to five one final time (7:03 to play), but the Beacons answered with an 8-0 flurry to put the Owls away. 

Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) opened the run with a 3-point play and Mazyck followed with a shot-clockbeating 3-pointer. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston closed out their five-game homestand 4-1 and improved to 7-2 overall at home. 
  • The Beacons shot 50 percent (25-50) from the field and 5-11 (45.5 percent) from distance. Keene State was held to 38.5 percent (20-52) from the field and 3-16 (18.8 percent) from distance.
  • Mazyck's three-pointer was her first attempted three of the season. She finished 1-5 from distance as a freshman. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston earned their fourth-straight win over the Owls and improved to 14-37 all-time against Keene State. 
  • UMass Boston sits in second place, just a half-game behind Little East Conference leader UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs defeated third-place University of Southern Maine (7-3) 70-60 in Maine on Wednesday. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will head to Castleton University's Glenbrook Gymnasium on Saturday for the first time. The Beacons and Spartans will meet at 1 p.m.