KEENE, N.H. - UMass Boston made 10-of-19 shots from long range and pulled away to a 69-50 Little East Conference victory over the Keene State College women's basketball team on Wednesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-5, 0-1 LEC
- UMass Boston: 5-0, 1-0 LEC
How It Happened
Lilly Shlimon made 7-of-11 shots from the field while scoring a season-high 17 points. She added three rebounds and two steals. Samira Sangare had 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Hien Thach had nine points, two rebounds and two assists. Jalani Jackson made 6-of-7 threes to score a game-high 20 points for UMass Boston.
Jackson made four of her six triples in the first quarter as the Beacons started fast, never trailing in the contest. She hit three threes in three possessions to put UMB up 14-4 at the 4:32 mark. The Owls got a bucket from Tamra Gonyea in the final ten seconds to snap a 13-0 Beacons run and trailed 18-6 after one. A deep shot a little over three minutes into the second quarter still had UMass Boston up 21-8, but the Owls held the visitors to just seven points in the rest of the half and outscored them 12-7 to get back in the game. A triple and a layup from Sangare made it an eight-point game with 4:55 on the clock, and a few minutes later, a Shlimon three and Thach jumper made it 24-18. Another jumper from Sangare kept the deficit at six, but Maya Thompson answered with two in the final minute for a 28-20 lead at the half.
A basket from Thach 2:15 into the third still had KSC down eight, but UMass Boston pulled away from there, as another Jackson three made it 37-24 at the 6:10 mark. A three-point play from Sangare exactly halfway through the quarter had the Owls within ten, but UMB then got threes from Joie Grassi and Jamie Staples while embarking on a 10-0 run for a 49-29 lead. KSC responded with six straight points and trailed 50-35 after three. Jackson started the fourth with a three and the Owls were unable to make any dent in the deficit, as UMass Boston went up 59-37 after consecutive layups with 7:28 to go. A three from Thach with just under three minutes left made it a 63-44 game, but that was as close as KSC got down the stretch.
Inside the Paint
- UMass Boston made 25-of-52 (48%) from the field and KSC 20-of-48 (42%).
- The big separator in the contest came from behind the three-point line, as the Beacons connected on 53% and KSC 3-of-10 (30%). UMB outscored the Owls 30-9 from distance.
- Keene State leads the all-time series 37-13, but has dropped the last three head-to-head matchups.
- The game was the opener of conference play for both sides. The LEC slate features 16 games for each team this season with the addition of Castleton University.
- Keene State steps back out of the conference and will entertain Worcester State University on Saturday, December 1 at 1:00 pm.
- UMass Boston visits Eastern Connecticut State University on the same day and time for an LEC matchup.