Fourth-Quarter Run Keys Season-Opening Win For Women's Basketball

Fourth-Quarter Run Keys Season-Opening Win For Women's Basketball

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's basketball doubled up the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 28-14 in the fourth quarter, to earn a 70-59 season-opening win Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.  

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 70, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 59

(UMass Boston 1-0) 

(U.S. Coast Guard Academy 59) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons started and ended strong on Saturday, as they earned an identical 70-59 scoring line to last season's opening win over the Bears. UMass Boston outscored the Bears 43-21 in the first and fourth quarters. 

Sophomore Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) keyed the Beacons fourth-quarter push, as she scored all 11 of her points in the final 10 minutes. She also tied for the team-lead with four steals.  

Sophomore Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) paced the Beacons with 13 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and team-high four assists. 

Fellow sophomores Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) and Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) each tacked on 11 points. 

Coast Guard senior Micaela Martinelli paced all players with 13 points and six assists, to go along with her team-best nine rebounds. 

Freshman Emma Puddington and senior Johanna Moolenaar tacked on 12 and 10 points respectively for the visitors. 

After a slow start for both teams, UMass Boston's defense sparked a 9-0 run, as the Beacons grabbed a 10-2 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter. Jackson played a huge part in the run, as she recorded seven of the Beacons' nine points and tacked on a steal. 

The Beacons kept their momentum going, heading into the second quarter. After Maya Thompson (Billerica, Mass.) scored the final basket of the first half, she tacked on an early putback layup and then Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) drained a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 20-7. 

UMass Boston held a comfortable 10-point advantage until midway through the quarter, when Coast Guard held the Beacons scoreless over a 5:34 span. The good news for the Beacons was that the Bears managed just eight points during the span, to cut the deficit to 25-23 with 26 seconds left. 

The two teams traded points over the final 26 seconds to send the Beacons into the break leading 27-25. 

Coast Guard earned their first tie of the game with 7:51 left in the third, when Moolenaar knocked down a layup off a Beacons turnover. 

Annabella Farabaugh gave the visitors their first lead in over 20 minutes of game time at 6:50, when the sophomore converted an and-one.  

Coast Guard stretched their advantage to a game-high seven points at 2:36 of the quarter, thanks to a 7-0 run. Martinelli knocked down a layup and added a 3-pointer, before Katie White knocked down a jump shot.  

UMass Boston immediately answered with a 5-0 run and cut the deficit to 45-42 after three quarters. Williams scored a key basket off an inbound play and then Grassi drained a 3-pointer after another offensive rebound.   

The Beacons took control of the game with a 6-0 run early in the fourth. Mazyck knocked down a layup to tie the game at 48-48 and then Whitney Fulton (Norwalk, Conn.) drained a deep three to give the Beacons the lead for good. 

UMass Boston would keep the momentum going, as they stretched their lead out to as many as 13 points in the final minute of play. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston improved to 2-0 all-time against the Bears. The Beacons defeated Coast Guard by an identical score in last year's opener. 
  • UMass Boston shot 36.5 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from distance. The Beacons turned the game around in the fourth, as they shot 64.3 percent (9-14) from the field and hit their only 3-point attempt. 
  • Thompson recorded nine points, six rebounds and two blocks in her Beacons debut. 
  • Junior transfer Jamie Staples (Amherst, N.H.) and freshman Yodelis Paulino (Lowell, Mass.) also made their Beacons debuts in the win. 
  • The two teams each finished with 26 turnovers, but UMass Boston earned a 21-16 edge in points off turnovers. 

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will travel to Salem State University on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in their first game of a five-game road trip.