Warriors Knock off Women's Basketball 72-57

Warriors Knock off Women's Basketball 72-57

BOSTON, Mass.—Mya Villard scored 13 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, to lead visiting Eastern Connecticut State University past UMass Boston women's basketball on Wednesday evening.

THE BASICS

Eastern Connecticut State University 72, UMass Boston 57

(UMass Boston 15-6, Little East 8-4)

(Eastern Connecticut State 13-7, Little East 8-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Villard keyed a big fourth-quarter for the visitors, as Eastern outscored the Beacons 23-13, to grow their five-point lead out to as many as 17.

UMass Boston sophomore Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beacons with 20 points and five rebounds. She finished 6-12 from the field and knocked down four of her six 3-point attempts.

Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) tacked on 13 points and four assists, while Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) chipped in 12 points.

Sophomore center Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) recorded a game-high 10 rebounds, to go along with three points, two assists and two blocks.

Villard led the visitors with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

Freshman Anna Barry just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

After Eastern jumped out to a 2-0 lead, UMass Boston rallied back with eight of the next 10 points to take their biggest lead of the game. Four different Beacons scored during the run, led by a Grassi 3-pointer and capped by an Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) free throw at 6:15.

Eastern took the lead for good on a Julie Jordan layup with 2:56 to play in the quarter and stretched their lead out to three by the end of the quarter.

The second quarter would see the visitor's lead bounce between one and seven points, with a late basket stretching the lead to 34-28 at the break. 

Eastern stretched their lead out to a then game-high nine points (40-31) early in the third quarter, before UMass Boston put together a 5-0 run. Jackson and Quinones each hit a free throw and Grassi added a three to cut the deficit to 40-36 with 5:14 left in the third.

That's as close as UMass Boston would get the rest of the quarter, as Kelsey Santagata answered with a 3-point play.

UMass Boston had one final run in the tank midway through the fourth quarter.

After the Warriors stretched the lead to eight on a 3-point play (52-44) with 9:17 left, UMass Boston cut the deficit to three on two occasions.

Grassi hit a free throw to make it 52-49 and Mazyck followed with a running layup at 5:39 to make it 54-51.

It would be all Warriors down the stretch, as Eastern scored the next 12 points and outscored UMass Boston 18-6 over the final 5:39.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston shot 35.8 percent (19-53) from the field, 41.7 percent from distance (5-12) and 58.3 percent (14-24) from the free throw line.
  • The Warriors earned a 19-4 advantage in bench points.
  • With her 20 points, Grassi now sits in 17th-place in program history in career points (730). She passed former teammate Raven Kelsey ('18) on Saturday and needs 16 points to pass former teammate and current assistant coach Katie Mathieu ('18).
  • With the win, Eastern sweeps the season-series against UMass Boston and improves to 66-11 all-time against the Beacons.
  • The Beacons slipped to fourth-place with the loss, after suffering their first two-game conference losing streak since February 2017.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Huskies defeated the Beacons 71-57 two weeks ago in Boston.