UMass Lowell Posts 65-54 Win Over Women’s Basketball Despite Early Deficit

UMass Lowell Posts 65-54 Win Over Women’s Basketball Despite Early Deficit

LOWELL, Mass. – Junior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y.) scored a team-high 16 points and sophomore Allie Jones (So. Kingstown, R.I.) recorded her second career double-double, but the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was defeated by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 65-54, Wednesday evening at Costello Athletic Center.

The Hawks dip to 4-20 on the season, including 1-19 in Northeast-10 play, while the River Hawks improve to 18-6, 15-5 NE-10.

Briana Jones was 8-for-16 from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and three assists, while Allie Jones scored 15 points (6-11 FG; 3-3 FT) and pulled down 13 boards. Freshman Krista O'Gara (New Fairfield, Conn.) was also in double figures with 11 points (5-12 FG; 1-6 3-FG), in addition to collecting five rebounds and handing out a pair of assists.

O'Gara opened the scoring with a 3-pointer just 45 seconds into the contest that sparked an 11-2 run, which was also highlighted by a trey from junior Ashley Viselli (Groveland, Mass.) and capped by an O'Gara layup at the 16:15 mark of the opening half.

The River Hawks responded with a 3-pointer from Bianca Simmons that cut it to six just 14 seconds later. With the deficit still six midway through the half, treys from Ashley Rivera and Lindsey Doucette, followed by a layup from Simmons, gave UML its first lead of the night at 21-19 with 6:26 left.

Junior Meg Morrissey (So. Kingstown, R.I.) knocked down a 3 to put the Hawks back up by one, but Erika Sjoberg answered with one of her own to grab the lead back. Briana Jones knotted the game at 24 on layup with just under three minutes to play, but a 6-0 spurt for the River Hawks gave them the lead for good. They would take a 32-26 lead into the break.

After an Allie Jones layup kicked off the second-half scoring, another Rivera 3-pointer and a Whitney Wilson basket nudged the lead to 37-28 just 1:44 in. With the lead down to five with 12:10 remaining, a 14-2 run – with seven points from Simmons and five from Sjoberg – gave UMass Lowell its largest lead of the contest at 53-36 midway through the stanza.

Briana Jones answered with a pair of layups that cut it to 13 just over a minute later. After UML opened it up to 16, a 10-2 run – with five points from Allie Jones – trimmed the Hawks' deficit to 60-52 with 4:22 on the clock. Bianca Simmons hit back with a 3-pointer from the right corner, however, that halted the run and widened the gap to 11 with 3:11 left to play.

Viselli finished with six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Morrissey chipped in four points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Saint Anselm outshot UMass Lowell, 41.1 percent (23-56) to 38.5 percent (25-65), and held advantages in the paint (36-24) and on the glass (40-35). The River Hawks (11-36) hit eight more 3-pointers than the Hawks (3-14) and owned a 28-19 margin in points off turnovers after forcing 26 and committing 19.

Simmons led the River Hawks with 19 points.

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