BOSTON, MA – Senior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) tallied a team-high 16 points, while junior guard Genesis Torres (Stratford, CT) added 11 and a game-high six steals but the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team was edged at Little East Conference opponent University of Massachusetts Boston, 70-67, on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Colonials fell to 7-9 overall and 2-6 in league play, while the Beacons improved to 14-4 and 7-2.
For the contest, the visitors forced 27 turnovers but shot just 29.5% from the field (23-of-78), while the hosts maintained a 52.6% (30-of-57) clip. WestConn finished 9-for-34 from three-point range while UMass-Boston marked an efficient 5-of-10.
Tahjai Mazyck led the hosts with a game-high 19 points, while Jalani Jackson contributed 16 and a game-high eight assists.
The Beacons opened play with a 14-6 advantage. However, the Colonials answered to seize an 18-16 lead when rookie guard Madison Chatman (Meriden, CT) connected on a layup to end the first quarter.
Neither team would sustain a large run as the score was neck-and-neck the rest of the way.
WestConn junior guard Jessica Davis (Hamden, CT) – who finished with eight points, six rebounds and five steals – netted a close-range shot, giving the visitors a 67-66 advantage with 1:16 remaining.
Two different Beacons would then connect on the front end of free throw shooting opportunities, regaining a 68-67 lead. Moments later, UMass Boston's Genna Williams buried a runner to make it 70-67 with 10 seconds left.
The Colonials would then take a timeout. After the break, Torres had a last chance heave attempt to deadlock the count, but the shot went awry as the Beacons held on for the win.
WestConn continues its road trip with a contest at LEC foe Southern Maine on Monday at 1 p.m., weather pending. The contest has already been delayed twice thus far.