UMass Boston Comes From Behind to Defeat MIT, 68-63

Taylor V'Dovec
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 68, UMass Boston 63

- Records: MIT (7-3); UMass Boston (10-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: An 18-2 run during the last 5:17 of the game propelled UMass Boston to a 68-63 victory over MIT in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. Joie Grassi led all players with 29 points while grabbing eight rebounds for the Beacons. Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) paced the Engineers with 17 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Taking a 21-15 lead into the second quarter, a layup by junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) coupled with a Gallagher free throw increased MIT's advantage to nine after 1:09 elapsed. Grassi generated the next seven points for UMass Boston, closing the gap to 24-22 at the 6:18 mark. The Engineers responded with an 8-2 burst during the next four minutes before entering halftime ahead, 36-30, following Gallagher's layup as time expired.

- After trading baskets to start the third quarter, Grassi's three-pointer narrowed the gap to 38-35 with 8:04 on the clock. A defensive battle ensued until junior Dolly Yuan's (San Jose, Calif.) fastbreak layup ended the stalemate with 2:42 to go while Gallagher chipped in two free throws to give MIT some breathing room.

- Raven Kelsey ended UMass Boston's scoring drought with a trey. She went on to account for eight of the Beacons' next 11 points, helping them trim the deficit to 49-46 at the end of the frame.

- The Engineers opened the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run as Yuan's layup gave the hosts their largest lead of the game (61-50) at the 6:25 mark. UMass Boston gradually mounted its game-changing rally, eventually going in front 64-63 on Katie Mathieu's three-point play with 49 seconds remaining. The visitors closed out the game by going 4-of-6 at the charity stripe while holding MIT scoreless down the stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) registered 15 points, including a 5-of-7 performance from three-point range, while Yuan tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. V'Dovec posted 11 points and seven boards as junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) dished out three assists.

- Kelsey finished with 20 points in addition to game-highs in rebounds (11) and steals (four). Lydia Vital contributed six assists and two steals.

- The Engineers ended the day with an advantage in field goal percentage (45.4 – 35.4) and points in the paint (28-26). The Beacons led the way in rebounds (40-36), points off turnovers (24-8), and second-chance points (14-6). They also had the upper hand from the charity stripe as they went 15-of-17 while the Cardinal and Gray converted six of its 10 attempts.

- This was the first meeting between both programs since 1990-91, which was won by MIT. UMass Boston's only other victory versus the Engineers occurred during the 1981-82 season.

- In a series that began in 1980-81, MIT has won three of the five match-ups.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when it hosts NEWMAC foe Babson College at 7:00 p.m. UMass Boston returns to the court the following day as it will travel to Bridgewater State University for a 5:30 p.m. tip off.

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