BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball overcame a slow start, to cruise to a 62-44 Little East Conference victory in their first game of a crucial five-game conference homestand.
UMass Boston 62, Plymouth State University 44
(UMass Boston 12-3, Little East 5-1
(Plymouth State 6-8, Little East 1-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Six different Beacons recorded at least seven points and UMass Boston turned 20 Plymouth State turnovers into 28 points Thursday night.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) paced the Beacons with a game-high 15 points, to go along with her five rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two steals.
Sophomore center Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and a team-high four assists.
Maysen Tyler led the Panthers with 12 points on 4-11 shooting off the bench. Jess Conant tacked on eight points and seven rebounds, while Elizabeth McLaughlin managed nine points in 16 minutes of action.
Plymouth State held the Beacons scoreless for nearly three minutes to start the game and the visitors led for all but eight seconds in the first quarter. The Panthers used a 7-0 run late in the quarter to earn their largest lead of the game at 12-5, but UMass Boston closed the stanza with back-to-back baskets from Grassi and Jamie Staples (Amherst, Mass.) to cut the deficit to 12-9.
Plymouth State scored the first two points of the second quarter, but it would be all UMass Boston the rest of the half.
The Beacons quickly pulled into the lead and used a 12-0 run to take control of the game for good. Grassi tied the contest with a pair of free throws and Staples gave UMass Boston their second lead of the game with a 3-pointer with 6:13 to go in the quarter. Mazyck and Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) added on baskets to stretch the lead to 21-14 midway through the quarter.
UMass Boston extended their lead to as many as 11 late in the half, but a Tyler jumper with six seconds left in the quarter cut UMass Boston's lead to 29-20 at halftime.
The Beacons came out firing in the second half and built their lead to 40-25 midway through the third quarter. Thompson and Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) combined for eight of the Beacons first 11 points of the quarter.
Plymouth State immediately answered back with a 10-0 run to try to get back into the game. Chenysse Hill and Tyler combined for all 10 points, as the Panthers got within five with 3:27 left in the third.
UMass Boston built their lead back to 10 by the end of the third quarter and never let the Panthers get any closer in a dominant fourth quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Thursday's game was just the Beacons' second home conference game of the season (2-0). Every team but Western Connecticut State University had played at least three home games prior to tonight.
- The Beacons shot 44.6 percent on the night (25-56), including a 22-43 mark (51.2 percent) from inside the arc.
- UMass Boston finished with 15 assists and 15 turnovers, while Plymouth State was charged with 20 turnovers and just 10 assists. The Beacons turned that advantage into a 28-7 edge in points off turnovers.
- Quinones and Williams each finished with eight points and combined to shoot 7-11 from the field.
- The Beacons dominated down low, with a 30-14 edge in points in the paint and 17-6 lead in second-chance points.
- With the win, UMass Boston earned their fourth-straight win over Plymouth State and improved to 24-48 all-time against the Panthers.
UMass Boston will host Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference contest.