|UMass Boston||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass./John D. O’Bryant) and freshman Maritza Scott (Revere, Mass.) each scored 10 points to lead the UMass Boston Beacons to a 61-43 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Wednesday night at Fifield Court.
With the win, UMass Boston improves to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine falls to 2-14 and 1-5 in the conference.
UMB shot 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from the field in the opening quarter and built a 17-6 while taking advantage of an ice-cold start from the field for the Huskies. Southern Maine shot just 2-for-13 from the floor in the first quarter, and 4-26 for the half, to fall behind UMB 37-14 at the break.
The game was tied at 4-4 with 7:43 to play in the first quarter before Beacons utilized a 10-0 run over the next six minutes to create some separation and lead 14-4 with 1:25 to play. Junior Katie Mathieu (Conventry, Conn./East Catholic) scored seven of her nine points in the run. In the second quarter, UMB continued to roll opening with a 6-2 run to lead 23-8 with 6:30 to play to remain comfortably in front.
Southern Maine fared better in the second half, and outscored the Beacons 29-24 in the second half, but were unable to get any closer than 18 points.
Kelsey finished with 10 points and eight rebounds on 5-for-12 shooting from the field, while Scott was 5-for-8 off of the bench for her 10 points. Mathieu was 4-fo-r8 for nine points, while seniors Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) and Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) each scored eight points. Jordan added seven rebounds and three assists.
Junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) and freshman Mychaela Harton (Georgia, Vermont/Essex) each scored eight points for the Huskies. Nicely added eight boards. Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) added six points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) at Eastern Connecticut State.