NEW LONDON, CONN.—Sophomore Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, to lead UMass Boston women's basketball past the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 74-69 on Sunday afternoon.
UMass Boston 74, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 69
(UMass Boston 5-0)
(Coast Guard 5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons used a big third quarter to take the lead and hit 15-21 free throws in the fourth quarter, to earn their third win in as many years over the Bears.
Jackson came up huge for the Beacons in the win. The senior went 6-11 from the field and hit all 10 of her free throws for 22 points. She recorded all 12 of her points in the fourth quarter in the final 3:22, including giving the Beacons the lead for good with a layup with 2:24 to play.
Fellow junior Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) recorded a season-high 18 points in the win. The junior finished with five rebounds, one assists and two steals.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) also came up with a monster line. The junior recorded 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, six steals, five assists and two blocks.
Coast Guard sophomore guard Krya Hartman paced the hosts with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Off the bench, Jacqueline Ward (17 points) and Faith Butler (10 points) chipped in with double-figure performances.
Jackson made a layup at 7:45 in the first quarter, to open the game with a 6-2 run for the Beacons. The Bears were down by three at 1:45 in the first but Branyelle Carillo sank two free-throws and Ward made a layup to finish the first quarter with a 12-11 lead.
Zoe Riis-Fallica scored twice from behind the arc through the opening five minutes of the second quarter as the Bears took a 22-15 advantage. At 4:51, Mazyck made a jumper that sparked an 8-0 run, capped by a layup from Grassi at 2:15 as the Beacons took a 25-22 lead. Hartman made back-to-back three pointers with just under 30 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 31-28 advantage heading into halftime.
The Beacons opened the half on an 8-2 run to take a 36-33 lead at 8:05. Ward made two free-throws at 6:53 to cut the deficit to one, 38-37, but the Beacons countered and scored the next six points of the game to extend their lead, 44-37. Grassi made a layup with 31 seconds remaining to give UMass Boston a 49-45 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Jackson scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Beacons held on for the win. The fourth quarter saw four ties and four lead changes. Jackson sparked a 7-0 run, with a go-ahead layup with 2:24 to play. With 15 seconds remaining, Coast Guard's Emma Puddington made a layup to bring the Bears within one (70-69).
Jackson hit two free throws and freshman Jade Wint (Brockton, Mass.) came up with a key block to preserve the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot 37.3 percent (25-67) from the field and just 2-17 (11.8 percent) from distance. The Beacons made up for it by hitting 22-32 (68.8 percent) of their free throw attempts.
- Jackson has now recorded 20 or more points in all four of her appearances this season. The junior is shooting an impressive 30-33 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line.
- The Beacons turned 22 Bears turnovers into a 24-17 lead in points off turnovers.
- UMass Boston is 5-0 for the second-straight season. The Beacons are one win shy of tying the program-record for best start to a single-season (2015-16).
- With the win, UMass Boston is 3-0 all-time against the Bears. All three meetings have come in the past two seasons.
UMass Boston will host the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in their Little East Conference opener.
Parts of this release courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Sports Information Department