GORHAM, Maine – Jalani Jackson had a game-high 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting to lead three players in double-figures as the UMass Boston Beacons defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 58-49 in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gym.
The win stops a two-game slide for the Beacons who are now 16-6 overall and 9-4 in the Little East. Southern Maine, tied for third in the LEC, is now 12-8 overall and 8-4 in the conference. UMB and USM have split the series for 2018-2019 with each team winning on the road. The loss is the second straight for the Huskies.
Jackson was 3-for-4 from three as the Beacons knocked down 7-of-11 from beyond-the-arc to defeat Southern Maine. Joie Grassi added 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for a double-double, while Alecia Quinones tossed in 10 points and had five rebounds. UMB held Southern Maine to a season-low 28.1 percent shooting (18-for-64) from the field.
Junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) led USM with 14 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Freshman Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) had 11 points, a team-high eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot off of the bench, while senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/North Hampton School (NH)) had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three.
Leading 17-12 after the first quarter, UMB held USM to just seven second quarter points on three field goals and a free throw to take a 35-19 lead at the break. USM bounced back to trail by single digits 46-37 at the end of the third, closing the quarter on a 10-5 run, led by five points from freshman Audrey Pohl (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa) on a three and a layup.
Despite continuing to struggle offensively with shooting percentage, Southern Maine pulled to within two possessions, 54-49, with 40 seconds to play. Trailing 54-41 with just under five to play, Luckhardt scored eight straight points for an 8-0 Husky run. Forced to foul, USM put Jackson on the line and she went 4-for-4 down the stretch for the 58-49 win.
Southern Maine hosts Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game.