RUTLAND, Vt.—Castleton University outscored UMass Boston women's basketball 19-4 in the fourth quarter to earn a comeback 59-46 Little East Conference victory.
Castleton University 59, UMass Boston 46
(UMass Boston 15-5, Little East Conference 8-3)
(Castleton 13-7, Little East 5-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons led by 10 points early in the second half, but were outscored 35-12 over the final 18:57.
UMass Boston's big issue was their offense in the second half. The Beacons went just 4-12 in the third quarter, before missing all 14 of their field goal attempts in the fourth.
Sophomore Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to finish in double-figures. Grassi recorded 13 points and added six rebounds and a block.
Alexis Quenneville led the Spartans with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds.
Brooke Raiche added on 12 points in the second half, while Katlyn Toomey chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Beacons led by six with less than two minutes to play in the opening quarter after a 5-0 run, but the Spartans closed the gap to 15-13 at the end of the frame thanks to a pair of late layups by Toomey.
Delaney Whitehead tied the game just over a minute into the second quarter with a baseline jumper before the two sides traded buckets into the media timeout with less than five minutes to play in the half. A late run by the Beacons--including a last-second three by Grassi--sent the game into halftime with UMass-Boston leading, 31-24.
After an early three points from the Beacons pushed the lead to 34-24 in the third quarter, Castleton kicked off a 7-0 run to cut the gap to just three points. Castleton then brought the game within one on a layup by Quenneville, before taking its first lead of the day with a three-point play by Raiche. The two sides dueled back-and-forth for the remainder of the quarter. as the Beacons carried a two-point edge to the final 10 minutes.
Castleton's defense buckled down in the final frame, allowing just four points on scattered free throws in the quarter. The Spartans opened on a 9-1 run to take a 49-43 lead, before closing out the game on a 10-3 run. Quenneville and Abbie Lesure combined to go a perfect 6-for-6 on free throws in the final minute of action, sealing the victory for the Spartans.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons shot 34 percent (16-47) for the game after two very different halves. UMass Boston shot 57.1 percent (12-21) in the first half and 15.4 percent (4-26) in the second half.
- UMass Boston earned a 32-28 advantage in rebounding and 11-6 lead in second-chance points.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 1-1 all-time against Castleton University.
- The Beacons now sit in a tie for second-place in the Little East Conference with the University of Southern Maine at 8-3. UMass Dartmouth sits a game-and-a-half of the two teams at 9-1.
UMass Boston will host Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Warriors handed the Beacons a their first loss of the season, 75-70 on December 1 in Connecticut.
Parts of This Release Courtesy of Castleton University Sports Information Department