SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—UMass Boston women's basketball outscored Boston rival Emerson College 15-6 in the fourth quarter, to earn a 62-54 win on Day 1 of the Puerto Rico College Sports Tour Tournament.
UMass Boston 62, Emerson College 54
(UMass Boston 8-1)
(Emerson College 6-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) scored five of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, to lead the Beacons past the Lions. Grassi went 5-12 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line, while adding three rebounds and two steals.
Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) was the only other UMass Boston player in double-figures. She finished with 15 points on 6-15 shooting.
Sam Boyle led the Lions with a game-high 23 points on 10-14 shooting. Quinn Madden poured in nine points and seven rebounds and Natalie Clydesdale added five points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Neither side could take control of the game through the first three quarters. UMass Boston led 21-20 after the first quarter, but they went ice-cold in the second quarter and trailed 34-30 at the break.
The Beacons led late in the third quarter, but went into the fourth trailing 48-47, after Boyle scored four points in the final two minutes.
UMass Boston took the lead for good behind a 6-0 run to start the fourth. Staples hit two free throws, Grassi drained a 3-pointer and Maia Daugherty (Boston, Mass.) tacked on a free throw for a 53-48 lead.
After an Emerson lay-up cut the lead to three, Staples and Mazyck made back-to-back baskets to give the Beacons a 57-50 lead with under two minutes to play.
Boyle cut the deficit back to four with 29 seconds left, but the Beacons hit four of six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston earned the win thanks to a big advantage at the free throw line. The Beacons went 21-30 (70 percent), while Emerson finished 7-17 (41.2 percent).
- The Beacons improved to 10-4 all-time against Emerson and earned their second-straight close win over the Lions in a tournament. Last season, UMass Boston defeated Emerson 66-61 in the Emerson College Tournament Championship Game.
- The Beacons forced 22 Emerson turnovers and earned a 15-8 edge in fast-break points.
- Junior Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) made her season-debut, after returning to the team over winter break.
- UMass Boston finished the game shooting 30.5 percent (18-59) from the field and 26.3 percent (5-19) from distance.
The Beacons defeated #12 Messiah College 62-52 on Sunday in their second and final game in Puerto Rico. The win marks the Beacons second-ever win over a nationally-ranked team and their highest-ever win over a ranked opponent. A recap will be posted when a box score is available.