BOSTON, Mass.—Rhode Island College's Ornela Livramento and Brooke Young combined for 38 points, to lead the fifth-seeded Anchorwomen past #4 UMass Boston women's basketball in the Little East Conference Quarterfinal round.
#5 Rhode Island College 66, #4 UMass Boston 44
(UMass Boston 17-9)
(Rhode Island College 18-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Anchorwomen jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, in winning their first LEC Tournament game in five seasons.
With the loss, defending LEC Tournament Champion UMass Boston sees their season come to an end. The Beacons finish the year 17-9.
Livramento recorded a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes. The junior finished 8-15 from the field and tacked on four steals and two assists.
Young knocked down four 3-pointers for 18 points. She added on four rebounds and two assists.
Sophia Guerrier was the final Anchorwomen in double-figures. She recorded 11 points and five steals, while Jordyn Gauvin chipped in eight points, six assists and six assists.
UMass Boston sophomore point guard Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to finish in double-figures. Jackson recorded 10 points, two assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Rhode Island College, who beat the Beacons 63-52 this past Saturday, kept their momentum going into the rubber match of the series.
Livramento scored the first six points for her team to open up a 6-2 lead just over 3:30 into the game. The Anchorwomen stretched their lead to 9-4, before Grassi hit a layup with 2:45 remaining in the first to give UMass Boston their first made basket of the game.
The Anchorwomen stretched their lead to 14-8 at the end of the first, thanks to a late Young 3-pointer. Rhode Island College continued the run going into the second, as they scored the first five points on a Young three and a Livramento layup (19-8).
UMass Boston hit three 3-pointers in the third to keep the game within distance, but Rhode Island College took a 27-19 advantage heading into the half.
Thompson hit back-to-back baskets to start the third quarter to get UMass Boston within six, but a quick 5-0 run pushed the Anchorwomen's lead back out to double-figures (34-23).
UMass Boston made their last real push of the game midway through the third. After going down 37-25 with 4:40 left in the third, UMass Boston went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 37-31. Jackson recorded four of the six points, including a 3-pointer with 3:21 to make it a six-point game.
The visitors countered once again though, as they used a 6-0 run to push the lead to 43-31 with 1:31 left.
Rhode Island College would take a 12-point lead into the fourth and never let UMass Boston any closer than 10 the rest of the way.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot just 30.2 percent from the field (16-53), 38.5 percent (5-13) from the 3-point line and 58.3 percent (7-12) from the free throw line.
- Rhode Island College earned a 37-27 edge in rebounding and a 24-14 edge in points off turnovers.
- The Anchorwomen outscored the Beacons in all four quarters and earned a 21-11 edge in the fourth.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 18-58 all-time against the Anchorwomen. UMass Boston had won nine in a row going into Saturday, before the back-to-back losses.
UMass Boston is scheduled to return all 14 players from their 2018-19 roster.