MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A pair of jumpers over the final one minutes, 27 seconds of the second half would erase the Beacons four point lead to force their first overtime game of the season. In the overtime, women's basketball would shoot a combined 50.0% from the field to defeat Albertus Magnus College by the final of 84-80 on day two of the Wesleyan University (Conn.) Courtyard Marriot Invitational.
Throughout the five extra minutes of play, UMB never once trailed as they improved their overall record to 2-1 on the year. Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) led the way in the OT scoring six of the Beacons first eight points. Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) also made an impact in the overtime as she dropped in a combined six points over the final five minutes. UMass would outscored Albertus Magnus (1-1) 15-11 in the overtime.
Murphy led the afternoon with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Perra recorded a team-high 18 points. Perra was 5-for-16 from the field, with four of those baskets coming from behind the arc. At the line the junior guard was a perfect 4-for-4. Murphy went 8-for-13 from the field, 8-for-8 at the line. On the glass she pulled down eight offense and eight defensive boards. The sophomore forward also managed three assists and four blocks.
As a team the Beacons shot a combined 41.4% from the floor, and 30.8% from the 3-point range. On the glass UMass Boston held outrebounded their non-conference opponents 52-37.
Keeping Albertus in Saturday's contest from start to finish was Lianna Carrero, as she finished with a game-high 33 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor. Carrero was also 5-for-8 from behind the arc and 8-for-8 at the line in 38 minutes of playing time.
Also having a strong game for the Beacons was senior Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) as she the guard finished third on the team with 11 points and also had three assists. Both Perra and Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) finished second on the glass with eight boards each.
In the final 20 minutes of play, Perra led UMB with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with all four baskets scored from long range. Karle proved to be the answer for her squad as she dropped in 16 including the two huge field goals to force the overtime.
Off the Beacons bench Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) and Moore each finished with seven points respectively, while on the glass it was all Murphy as she ripped down six boards.
Women's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Fitchburg State University for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.