BOSTON, Mass. – Coast Guard could not overcome a 16 point first quarter deficit as they fell to UMass-Boston 70-59 in the Bears season opener.
In her collegiate debut, freshman Brenna Farrington scored 14 points as well making 5-8 from the floor and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Junior Micaela Martinelli led Coast Guard with 11 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Zoe Riis-Fallica had 10 points with three assists.
Joie Grassi led all scorers with 18 points for the Beacons, knocking down 3-4 from three. Alecia Quinones scored 12 points while grabbing a game high nine rebounds.
In the first quarter, the Bears were able to keep it a two point game in the early going as Riis-Fallica knocked down a three pointer with 6:31 remaining in the opening period.
UMass-Boston however closed out the first quarter on a 14-2 run to take a 23-9 lead going into the second period.
The Beacons pushed their lead all the way to 20 points in the second quarter before Coast Guard scored the final five points of the half on jumpers from senior Jill Bray and junior Johanna Moolennar and a free throw from sophomore Laura Irish.
After UMass-Boston pushed their lead all the way to 25 in the third quarter the Bears went on a run in the final period cutting the Beacons lead to just six with 4:38 to go in the game after two free throws from Martinelli.
UMass-Boston was able to hold off Coast Guards final push and settled for the 11 points opening season win.
The Bears were 20-63 (31.7%) from the floor and shot 26.3% (5-19) from three. The Beacons shot 40.3% (27-67) overall and were 9-19 (47.4%) from beyond the arc.
Coast Guard opens their home schedule Friday, November 17th, when they host non-conference Salve Regina. Opening tip is 7:00.