Women's Basketball Routs Simmons 78-38 In Home Opener

Women's Basketball Routs Simmons 78-38 In Home Opener

BOSTON, Mass.--Playing in front of their home fans for the first time this season, UMass Boston women's basketball (4-3) led from start to finish in a 78-38 rout of neighboring Simmons College (1-6) Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

The Beacons used a complete team-effort, as the Beacons recorded season-highs in assists (23), field-goal percentage (45.8 percent) and steals (17) to move back above .500. Eleven of the 12 players to see the floor for UMass Boston scored in the contest, including all five freshman who were stepping on their home floor for the first time.

Junior forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) finished with a game-high 16 points on a super-efficent 8-of-10 shooting. Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) and Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) joined Murphy in double-figures with 10 points apiece, while Jamie Ballou (Foxboro, Mass.) recorded a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Senior forward Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) made the most of her first start of the year, as the senior chipped in with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds in 17 minutes. Prior to the contest, the Beacons honored Morrison for becoming the seventh player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

Jennifer Janiak led the visiting Sharks with eight points, all of which came in the opening half. Simmons' leading scorer Liz Brasa finished with five points and a game-high nine rebounds, as the Sharks dropped their third-straight contest.

UMass Boston dominated every statistical category, as the Beacons shot 45.8 percent (33-72) from the field, 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from distance and 6-7 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line. In comparison, Simmons knocked down just 25 percent (12-of-48) of their field-goal attempts, 2-of-6 (33.3 percent) from the 3-point line and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the charity stripe.

The Beacons also held advantages in points-off-turnovers (36-12), points in the paint (40-16) and second-chance points (17-4).

Murphy scored the first four points of the game and the Beacons never looked back en route to a 41-14 halftime lead. After emptying the bench with over 12 minutes to play, UMass Boston stretched their lead out to as many as 45 points, before Simmons ended the game on a 5-0 run.

UMass Boston will return to action Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. when they host Westfield State University.