BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball (7-2) used a huge 57-29 advantage on the boards to close out 2013 with a 64-49 victory over Husson University (3-4) Monday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center.
The Beacons overcame 25 turnovers and uncharacteristic struggles at the free throw-line by turning 26 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points against a much smaller Eagles side.
Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) recorded her seventh double-double in a row with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) was nearly as effective inside, as she registered 10 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
Senior Shelby Buck (Greenfield, Ohio) chipped with 11 points off the bench including three of UMass Boston's five 3-pointers.
Husson center Rebecca Young paced the Eagles with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks in the team's second-straight loss.
The Beacons overcame some of their offensive shortcomings with a strong defensive effort, holding the Eagles to just 30.6 percent shooting from the field and a 4-for-20 (20 percent) clip from behind the arc.
Both teams struggled to establish any kind of momentum in a very sloppy game. The two teams combined for 42 turnovers and 32 fouls, while shooting a combined 16-for-35 (45.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
UMass Boston led the game the entire away, after getting out to an early 10-4 lead. After two quick jump shots, seniors Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) and Buck knocked down back-to-back threes to make it 10-4. Husson would keep the game within two possessions throughout the first 10 minutes but a 9-0 run spurred by two Katrina Edwards' (Springfield, Mass.) pushed the UMB advantage to 28-14 with 4:40 to play in the half.
After a short Eagles run cut the deficit to 31-25 at the break, UMB used a 7-0 flurry out of the break, capped off by another Buck three, to push the lead back to double-digits (38-25).
Despite Husson's best efforts to chip into the deficit they failed to get closer than eight the rest of the way, as UMass Boston used some timely shooting and their big size advantage to clip any chances of a comeback.
The Eagles will return to action Tuesday at 1 p.m. when they close out their four-game road trip at Brandeis University. UMass Boston will take to the road as well, as they travel to Salve Regina University Thursday at 6 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.