PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Led by Joie Grassi's (Plymouth, Mass.) team-high 13 points and eight rebounds women's basketball earned a 65-53 Little East Conference win over Plymouth State University Wednesday evening at Foley Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 65, Plymouth State University 53
UMass Boston (17-6, 10-4 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (9-13, 3-11 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win the Beacons earned their second straight and second ever 10-win conference record. The victory also keeps the Beacons in firm control of second place in the conference standings with only two games remaining in the regular season.
Grassi's night was a consistent one, as the sophomore forward shot 3-for-5 from the field, all of which was from behind the arc. She finished 4-for-6 at the line to cap-off the team-leading performance. Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.), was the only other Beacon to finish in double-figures. Jackson finished shooting 50% from the field, which included three 3-pointers, while also making one free throw to cap-off a 12-point showing
It was not until late in the second quarter, that the Beacons truly took control of Wednesday's huge conference match-up. The two teams remained close throughout the first and a majority of the second. UMB posted a 14-4 run over the final few minutes to take their largest lead of the night (35-25).
After the break, UMB did not take the pedal off the floor as they continued to pound the Panthers. Jackson, Grassi, and Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) combined for 13 of the Beacons 20 third quarter points. UMB's defense also shined in the third stanza, as they held Plymouth State to just eight points.
Leading 55-33, the Beacons continued to hit key baskets to keep their comfortable lead over the Panthers. Despite a late resurgence by the Plymouth State bench, the deficit proved to great to overcome, as UMB sealed the win with a Meaghan Gotham (Revere, Mass.) lay-up.
Jess Conant led all scorers in the Wednesday's contest with 16 points, while Cassidy Emerson finished with 15 points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night the Beacons shot 35.7% from the field (20-56), 44.4% (8-18) from 3-point range, and 77.3% (17-22) from the free throw line
- The Beacons held a 38-31 advantage on the glass
- Defensively they forced 23 turnovers and had 14 steals and five blocked shots
- All-time Wednesday's win marked the 25th for the Beacons over Plymouth State
- Since January 2011 UMass Boston is now 16-3 against Plymouth State
- Grassi now sits just one point away from recording her second straight 300-point season
The Beacons will host UMass Dartmouth next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the final regular season home game of the 2018-19 season.