BOSTON – Tahjai Mazyck shot 10-for-15 from the field for a game-high 27 points to lead the UMass Boston Beacons to a 77-65 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at the Clark Athletic Center.
The loss is the second straight for Southern Maine which slips to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the Little East. UMass Boston remains undefeated at 6-0 and is 1-0 in the Little East.
Mazyck was one of four Beacons in double figures. Joie Grassi had a double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, scoring 10 of her 15 points in the pivotal fourth quarter. Jalani Jackson had 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Rachel Tukus had 11 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.
Southern Maine senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a career-best 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, adding five steals and three rebounds. Junior Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) had 17 points, while sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Abi Ramirez (Portland, Maine) added five points, five rebounds, and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After a nip-and-tuck three quarters of action, both teams entered the fourth quarter tied up at 52 points each. Neither team held more than a two-possession advantage during the game heading into the fourth.
- The Beacons used a 25-13 fourth quarter to earn the win over the Huskies. The Huskies were 5-for-12 from the field in the fourth quarter (41.7 percent) compared to the Boston's 9-for-15 (60.0%). Grassi was 3-for-5 from the field in the quarter, while Tukus was 3-for-4.
INSIDE THE HUSKIES STATS:
- With 21 points, Luckhardt surpassed her previous career-high of 19 points. The Huskies' guard has 611 points in her career, and has 334 rebounds, 197 assists, and 206 steals.
- With 17 points in tonight's game, Curley now has 748 career points, 237 rebounds, 103 steals and 81 assists.
Southern Maine returns home and will face Western Connecticut State University Colonials on Saturday (1:00 pm).