BOSTON, Mass. – A total team effort lifted women's basketball to a one-sided non-conference win as they cruised to an 82-58 win over Salem State University Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 82, Salem State University 58
UMass Boston (7-1)
Salem State University (2-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beacons with 17 points on a 7-for-12 showing from the field, which included a pair of 3-pointers. As a team, UMass Boston was consistent for a majority of the non-conference affair as they shot 44.2% from the field (34-77), and 42.9% from distance (42.9%).
Salem State did lead for most of the first quarter as they jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. They would ride that early momentum, to take a 20-17 lead into the second stanza. The Beacons would only need to tie the score once before taking total control of the momentum. Grassi nailed the than tying 3-pointer with 9:17 to play in the second to make it 20-20.
From there, UMB would ride a 7-0 run to take a 27-20 advantage. The Beacons would push their lead to as much as 13 with just over a minute before the halftime break thanks to a Nicola Webbe jumper.
After the break, Salem State tried to battle back, but the Beacons offense could not be stopped as they shot 40% or better over the final two quarters. They were also dangerous from distance as they went 5-for-9.
Kaylee Haynes (Bridgewater, Mass.) had a strong second half for the Beacons as she scored all of her career-high 12 points in the final two stanzas. She was 4-for-9, and 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Grassi now sits just 82 points away from her 1,000th
- Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) and Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) both finished in double-figures as the duo combined for 22 points
- The Beacons handed out a season-high 23 assists
- Their 13 steals marked the most since their December 1 win at Coast Guard Academy
- The Beacons 44.2% shooting from the field and 42.9% from 3-point range were both season-highs
- UMass Boston is now 5-12 all-time against Salem State and now have won three straight
The Beacons will travel to Puerto Rico where they will face Messiah College on Sunday, December 29 and Emerson College on Monday, December 30.