-Score: University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass-Boston) 60, Clark University 49
-Records: Clark (5-4), UMass-Boston (9-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team fell to the visiting Beacons of the UMass-Boston in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday evening. Junior Rachel Chen (Needham, Mass.) led the Cougars with 14 points on the night while first year Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beacons to victory with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After winning the tip-off the Cougars hopped out to an early 3-0 lead on a three-pointer from freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) at the top of the arc just 30 seconds into play. The Cougars came up with a stop on defense on the Beacon's first trip down the court and the visitors called and early time-out.
-The Cougars took a 9-7 lead on a layup from freshman Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.), but back-to-back buckets from Beacon's Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) put the visitors ahead 11-9 and forced the Cougars to call their first timeout of the game.
-Chen went up strong to the basket to tie the game again at 11 apiece and she knocked down a free-throw to give Clark the 12-11 lead heading into the second stanza.
-The Cougars extended their lead to 14-11 on another layup from Chen to start the second quarter, but the Beacons responded with a layup of their own from Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) and trailed by one with 8:22 on the clock.
-Grassi sank a jumper from the wing to give the Beacons their third lead of the game and another two points from Grassi put the Beacons ahead 17-14 with 6:32 to play.
-Chen made it a one point game when she made her way across the paint for a layup at the 3:07 mark (17-16) but a late 4-0 run gave UMass-Boston the 25-18 lead heading into the halftime break.
-The Beacons extended their lead to 31-19 with early three-pointers from seniors Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) and Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.).
-UMass-Boston took a comfortable 24-point lead following their 8-1 run that included a successful drive to the basket from freshman Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) and a three-pointer from Grassi (43-19).
-The Cougars closed UMass-Boston's lead to 13 points with a made layup from Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) and two made free-throws from Miranda and trailed 50-37 heading into the final stanza.
-Senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) kicked off the fourth quarter with a strong drive to the basket to put the Cougars back within just 11 points of the Beacons (50-39). The visitors went back up by 15 on a Grassi layup and a jumper from Williams, but the Cougars responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Miranda and junior Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) and trailed by just 11 again with 4:25 to play.
-The Beacons held onto their 11-point lead and took the final 60-49 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Chen led the Cougars with 14 points while Miranda chipped in with 11 points on the night.
-Grassi led all players with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
-UMass-Boston shot 42.4% from field goal range and the Cougars outshot the Beacons at the free-throw line with a .60 percentage on the night.
-The Beacons outrebounded the Cougars 54-35.
-Clark forced the visitors to turn the ball over 28 times and converted those errors into 12 points. The Beacons forced 23 Clark turnovers and capitalized on them with 20 points of their own.
-The visitor's bench played strong with 20 points in the victory.
-Clark heads to Daytona Beach, Fla. over the winter break and takes on Bridgewater (Va.) on Thursday, December 28th at 11:00 a.m. for the first round of the Land of Magic Classic.
-UMass-Boston travels to Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday, December 30th for a non-conference matchup with the Engineers of MIT at 1:00 p.m.