Women's Basketball Downs Anchorwomen Behind Huge Second-Half Comeback

Women's Basketball Downs Anchorwomen Behind Huge Second-Half Comeback

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Freshman Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) capped off UMass Boston women's basketball's frenetic comeback with a go-ahead 3-point play with 1:17 to play, to lift the Beacons past host Rhode Island College.


THE BASICS

UMass Boston 65, Rhode Island College 59

(UMass Boston 17-2, LEC 8-1)

(Rhode Island College 7-11, LEC 1-8)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After trailing by as many as 16 in the third quarter, UMass Boston outscored the Anchorwomen 34-19 in the second half to earn a crucial Little East Conference win.

With the victory, the 2017-18 team moved into sole possession of second-place in program history with their 17th win of the season. They only trail the 2014-15 squad, that went 19-9 and made it to the program's first-ever LEC Championship Game. 

Osborne was a key catalyst in the Beacons' victory. She finished with a team-high 19 and nine rebounds in 17 minutes of action. She went 7-11 from the field and tacked on a game-high three blocks.

Freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded 13 points on 6-12 shooting, while Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Rhode Island College sophomore Ornela Livramento led all players with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Jordyn Gauvin finished with 16 points in 40 minutes, while Brooke Young added 11 points off the bench.

The Anchorwomen opened the first quarter on a 5-0 run, capped by a layup from Livramento. UMass Boston battled back and took the lead, 16-14 on a three-pointer by freshman guard Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) with 1:36 left in the stanza. The visitors led by three, 20-17, at the end of the first frame as Dixon converted a layup in the final seconds. 

A Young three-pointer tied the game 17 seconds into the second quarter and kicked off a 9-0 run by the hosts to go up by six, 28-22, with 7:19 left in the half. Two free throws by UMass Boston freshman forward Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) pulled the Beacons within a pair, 30-28, with 4:02 left, but RIC erupted for a 10-3 run to close out the half to go up by nine, 30-31.

A Young three-pointer with 5:57 left in the third gave RIC its largest lead, 48-32, but the visitors steadily trimmed away at their deficit to trail by just five, 51-46, at the end of three. 

A three-pointer by UMB freshman guard Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) put the Beacons on top by two, 53-51, with seven minutes left in the game. A Livramento jumper regained the advantage for RIC, 59-58, with 1:39 left. 

On the following possession, Osborne grabbed an offensive rebound and knocked down the putback, while being fouled to give the Beacons the lead. She added a free throw to make it 61-59 with 1:16 left. The Anchorwomen missed a 3-pointer on their next possession and out of the timeout Kelsey drove baseline and hit a layup to give the Beacons a four-point cushion.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Senior Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) finished with eight points, three assists, two rebounds and a game-high four steals for UMass Boston.
  • The Beacons outscored Rhode Island College 19-8 in the fourth quarter. UMass Boston shot 53.8 percent (7-13) in the stanza, while holding Rhode Island College to a 3-15 (20 percent) mark.
  • UMass Boston earned a 16-2 lead in second-chance points and a 31-11 edge in bench points.
  • The Beacons shot themselves in the foot by shooting 55.2 percent (16-29) from the free throw line.
  • With the win, UMass Boston earned their fourth-straight, season-sweep of the Anchorwomen. The Beacons have eight-straight over Rhode Island College to improve to 17-56 all-time. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will play Dean College for the first time in program history. The two programs will matchup on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

Parts of this release courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information Department