BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball used a 12-2 run to open the second-half to open up a double-digit lead, and never looked back in a 63-53 home win over Keene State College Wednesday night.
UMass Boston 63, Keene State College 53
(UMass Boston 15-4, Little East 8-2)
(Keene State 3-15, Little East 1-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons completed their second-consecutive, season-sweep over the Owls for the first time in program history behind their second-half surge.
Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) paced the Beacons with 14 points on 5-12 shooting and added on a team-high four assists.
Post University transfer Meaghan Gotham (Revere, Mass.) recorded nine points on 3-3 shooting in her Beacons debut. The sophomore finished 3-3 from the field and added three made free throws on three attempts in eight minutes off the bench.
Reigning Little East Conference Player of The Week Lilly Shlimon recorded a game-high 17 points for the Owls. The sophomore finished 6-10 from the field and tacked on two of the three made 3-pointers for the visitors.
Abby Thut tacked on nine points off the bench, while Tamra Gonyea posted seven points and a team-high six rebounds.
After a back-and-forth first quarter saw the Owls take a 15-13 lead, UMass Boston used a 6-2 run to take the lead behind six-straight points from Mazyck. The Owls would regain the lead 25-24, before Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to regain the advantage.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Jackson added baskets in the final 40 seconds to give UMass Boston a 31-27 lead at the break.
UMass Boston took control of the game thanks to their 12-2 run over the first six minutes of the third.
Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) opened the quarter with a layup, before Tamra Gonyea answered right back for the Owls. Keene State wouldn't score another point for the next 6:01.
Grassi poured in five points during the ensuing 10-0 run, with Mazyck tacking on the final three points.
Keene State cut the deficit back to five with a 7-0 run, but Gotham answered back with a pair of free throws and a 3-point play to give the Beacon a 50-42 lead after three quarters.
The Owls managed to cut the deficit back to five one final time (7:03 to play), but the Beacons answered with an 8-0 flurry to put the Owls away.
Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) opened the run with a 3-point play and Mazyck followed with a shot-clockbeating 3-pointer.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston closed out their five-game homestand 4-1 and improved to 7-2 overall at home.
- The Beacons shot 50 percent (25-50) from the field and 5-11 (45.5 percent) from distance. Keene State was held to 38.5 percent (20-52) from the field and 3-16 (18.8 percent) from distance.
- Mazyck's three-pointer was her first attempted three of the season. She finished 1-5 from distance as a freshman.
- With the win, UMass Boston earned their fourth-straight win over the Owls and improved to 14-37 all-time against Keene State.
- UMass Boston sits in second place, just a half-game behind Little East Conference leader UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs defeated third-place University of Southern Maine (7-3) 70-60 in Maine on Wednesday.
UMass Boston will head to Castleton University's Glenbrook Gymnasium on Saturday for the first time. The Beacons and Spartans will meet at 1 p.m.