DANBURY, Conn.—UMass Boston women's basketball (10-5, 3-2 Little East) used a 22-4 run early in the first half to take control and never looked back, en-route to a 57-42 victory over Western Connecticut State University (10-4, 2-3 Little East) Saturday afternoon at the Feldman Arena.
The win marked the program's first win at Western Connecticut State since 2004 and improved the Beacons' all-time mark against the Colonials to 9-36.
With the entire team playing blistering defense, freshman Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) and forwards Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) provided the scoring punch with 41 of the Beacons' 57 points.
Geary knocked down 5-of-10 shots from the field and all five of her free throw attempts for a game-high 16 points, to go along with her six rebounds and team-high five assists.
Murphy added 15 points and 14 rebounds for her third double-double in five conference contests. The junior All-Conference forward pulled down eight of the team's 12 offensive rebounds and helped UMass Boston earn a 40-36 rebounding advantage on the afternoon.
Morrison was the third and final Beacon to finish in double-figures, as the senior captain recorded 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes of action.
Sophomore guard Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) was the only other player to finish with more than four points, as the point guard scored five points and added five assists, while playing the full 40 minutes.
Western Connecticut State senior Caroline Brasa was the lone Colonial to finish in double-digits, as she finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Colleen Cosker and Emily Dobson added nine points apiece, but the pair shot just 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) from the field.
UMass Boston set a new season-best, by holding Western Connecticut State to just 24.1 percent (13-of-54) shooting from the field. The Colonials also hit just 15.4 percent (2-of-13) of their field goal attempts. On the other side, the Beacons shot a crisp 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field.
After Western Connecticut State jumped out to their largest lead of the game 6-2, UMass Boston went on a 22-4 run over an 8:35 span to grab a 24-10 lead at 9:09 of the first half. All five members of the starting lineup scored during the stretch, with Geary and Murphy combining for 13 of the Beacons' 22 points.
While the offense eventually cooled down from their 60 percent start, the Beacons' defense never faltered, as they held Western Connecticut State to just 19 first-half points.
With a 15-point lead at the break, UMass Boston continued to lay it on in the second stanza, as the Beacons started the half on an 11-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Katie Mathieu's jump shot gave the Beacons their second largest lead of the night at 24 (45-21). Even after Cosker stopped the run with a pair of free throws, the Colonials were held to just one field goal in the opening 10:02 of the second half.
UMass Boston will look for their fourth-straight win Tuesday night at 7 p.m., when they travel to first-place UMass Dartmouth.