Dec. 8, 2010

Box Score

NEWTON, MA - Freshman guard Kendra Mosley matched a career-high, scoring 30 points while grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team past Mount Ida College, 68-62, in double-overtime Tuesday evening on the Mount Ida College campus. Mount Ida snaps a two game winning streak with the loss falling to an overall record of 2-5 while the Beacons continue to shine riding a five game winning streak and improve to 7-1 on the season.

With less than a second remaining in the second half trailing by three, Mount Ida College women's basketball junior transfer Shannon Wood (Gorham, ME/Bryant University) drained a three pointer from the corner off an inbound pass under the basket tying the game at 50-50 sending the contest into overtime. Unfortunately for the Mustangs it wasn't enough as the Beacons were able to prevail with the help of the extra frames.

The Mustangs were impressive in the first half of play shooting just under 40 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc. They held a five point (6-1) lead in the opening two and a half minutes of the contest following a successful jumper by junior Jenny Davis (Bristol, England/Filton College).

The Mount Ida advantage grew substantially after a 12-0 run that was headed by Wood and junior Jeileen Rivera (Springfield, MA /Springfield Central) hitting three consecutive trifectas, two from Wood and another from Rivera, leading 22-11 (7:22). UMASS-Boston sparked a small 6-0 run to cut the hosts advantage to seven (25-18) capped off by a successful lay-in by Beacon freshman Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield) with 2:45 to go before the break.

Rivera re-inflated the Mustang lead on the final basket of the half connecting on her second three pointer of the game taking a 10 point advantage (28-18) into the locker room. The visitors struggled in the first half shooting 20 percent from the floor and going a measly 2-13 (15%) from behind the arc.

A 17-0 run through the first eight minutes and twenty seconds of the second stanza re-generated the Beacons taking a commanding and momentum driven 35-28 lead up seven finished off with a trifecta from freshman Kendra Mosley (Indian Head, MD/Henry E. Lackey). Mosley hit three of her game high eight three pointers during the 17-0 stretch.

The offensive barrage for the visitors did not stop taking a game high 10 point lead (42-32) with 9:32 to go in the second half following another successful attempt from downtown by Mosley.

The Mustangs did not succumb to their all-of-the-sudden ice cold shooting and eventually crawled back into the game cutting the Beacon advantage to three points (44-41) after a lay-in by freshman Abbey Fedigan (New Fairfield, CT/New Fairfield) with 6:27 to go.

A turnover and a couple of missed attempts from downtown by Mount Ida put the hosts in a nine point hole (50-41) with 2:11 to go in the game.

Just when the Beacons thought they had the game wrapped up, the Mustangs came stampeding back starting with a successful three ball from freshman Alicia Ward (North Reading, MA/North Reading) cutting the lead to six (50-44) with 32 second remaining.

Mount Ida put the visitors at the line for a one and one attempt that was missed. Rivera grabbed the board and pitched the ball out to Wood who drained another trifecta dimming the Beacon lead to three points (47-50).

The inbounded pass on the ensuing possession for UMASS-Boston was turned over giving the Mustangs one final attempt to tie the game. Fedigan inbounded the ball to Wood who launched a desperation three pointer that swished at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

The Mustangs took a three point advantage to start the first extra period after another three pointer from Rivera to lead 53-50. The visitors would eventually tie the score after another Mosley trifecta (56-56). Mount Ida went back up by two only to relinquish the advantage after Hooper tied up the game again on a shot from downtown (56-56) send the contest into double overtime.

Mount Ida was out of gas at this point while the visitors came out taking a six point lead that the Mustangs could not come back from. The Beacons ultimately rode out the end of the game to capture the 68-62 non-conference win handing the hosts their fifth loss of the season.

The Mustangs were led by Wood notching a team high 19 points going 5-8 from the three point line also adding six caroms and five assists. Rivera was also outstanding recording her second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 boards and her fourth straight contest with double digit rebounds. Mount Ida junior center Katie Morvan (Northbridge, MA/Northbridge) chipped in seven points and eight boards as well.

Mosley was impressive for the Beacons scoring a game high 30 points, connecting on eight of 15 three point attempts along with 10 boards to record a double-double. Hooper wasn't far behind with 24 points and five steals on 10-17 shooting draining four out of five three point attempts. More than half of the shots made by the Beacons were from behind the arc.

The Mustangs will finally get on the road and head to non-conference Western New England College in Western Massachusetts this coming Thursday night with tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. UMass Boston will return to action the same night, hosting Lesley University in a 5:30 p.m. tilt.

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