DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) scored 27 points, including 25 in the second half, to lead UMass Boston to an 81-73 Little East Conference women’s basketball victory over UMass Dartmouth Thursday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The visiting Beacons (11-2, 3-2 LEC) overcame a five-point second quarter deficit to grab a 31-29 cushion at the break on the strength of 16 points from junior Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.), and Jackson scored 17 of UMass Boston’s 25 third quarter points to help the visitors build a seven-point lead in the frame that dwindled back to three (56-53) heading into the final frame. The Beacons held an eight point edge in the fourth stanza before sophomore Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) sparked a run by the host Corsairs (7-7, 2-3 LEC) that sliced their deficit to five points midway through the quarter, but Jackson and junior Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) combined to score 12 points in the final four-plus minutes to ice UMass Boston’s triumph.
Grassi scored 21 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and added 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double performance on the night for the Beacons, who received 18 points, five boards and four assists from Mazyck. The visitors shot 41 percent (28-69) from the field and held a 50-32 rebounding advantage for the contest, as UMass Boston converted 19 offensive boards into 18 second chance points.
Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received 13 points, five assists and pair of steals from sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) along with 10 points from junior Meagan Donovan (Abington, Mass.). Carroll collected nine points and three assists for the Corsairs, who shot 48 percent (29-61) from the floor and held a 14-4 edge in fast break points on the night.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference outing on Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center that tips-off at 1:00 pm, while UMass Boston travels to Worcester, Mass. for a non-league matchup with Clark on Saturday afternoon that tips-off at 3:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Bridget Bagana '22)