Boston, Mass.—Freshman forward Willcia McBorrough (Providence, RI) notched a double-double with a team-best 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team dropped a 58-51 decision at UMass Boston in a Little East Conference contest played at the Clark Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.
UMass Boston 58, Rhode Island College 51
Rhode Island College (10-5, 3-4 LEC)
UMass Boston (13-3, 6-1 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) was also in double figures with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.
• Junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and five steals in the loss.
• UMass Boston was led by sophomore guard Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, CT) with a game-high 18 points, four assists and three rebounds.
• Sophomore guard Jalani Jackson (Brockton, MA) added 12 points, six assists and three boards in the win for the Beacons.
• UMass Boston raced out to the early lead and took its first double-digit advantage when a jumper from sophomore guard Kailee Gautier (Newark, DE) put the score at 14-4 with :22 left in the first quarter. The host Beacons held a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
• RIC answered and closed the gap to just two, 18-16, after a layup from McBorrough with 5:41 remaining in the first half. That would be as close as the Anchorwomen would get over the first 20 minutes as UMB took a five point, 26-21, lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
• The Anchorwomen climbed all the way back and took their first lead of the game, 33-31, on a layup from freshman guard Taylor Thompson (Greenville, SC) with 4:14 left in the third quarter.
• RIC led by as many as seven points in the third before taking a 38-33 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.
• A three-pointer from Young put the Anchorwomen up by two, 43-36, with 7:53 left on the clock. UMass Boston then used a 6-0 run, capped by a layup from Mazyck with 5:31 left, to take a 44-43 advantage.
• The two teams then traded leads with RIC clinging to a 51-50 advantage after a layup from Thompson with 1:25 remaining.
• UMB then controlled the action down the stretch, hitting six free throws in the final :44 seconds to secure the conference victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchorwomen shot 33.3 percent (21-for-63) from the field, 9.1 percent (1-for-11) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the free throw line.
• UMass Boston shot 47.9 percent (23-for-48) from the field, 0.0 percent (0-for-4) from the three-point line and 85.7 percent (12-for-14) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded UMass Boston by a 35-31 margin and forced the Beacons into 19 turnovers.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at home against Castleton on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (5:30 p.m.).