CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Sophomore guard Jessica Ramsey (Milford, MA) established a career-high with a pair of blocked shots and was one of three players to top the Wheelock College women's basketball team with four points in a 73-19 loss to visiting University of Massachusetts Boston tonight at Brunelli Court on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Wildcats fall to 0-4 on the season in their home opener, while the Beacons improve to 2-3.
Ramsey was a perfect 2-2 from the line and added three rebounds and a steal to her night, while senior forward Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT) also netted four points, grabbed four rebounds and came up with a steal for Wheelock. Senior center Jo Gomes (Boston, MA) netted four points, matched her career-high with five rebounds, handed out a pair of assists and made a steal. Junior forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) pulled down a game-high seven rebounds in addition to scoring two points, making three steals and dishing out an assist.
UMass Boston scored the first 10 points of the night, fueled by eight from Morrison, before Drescher connected on a jumper at the 13:15 mark for Wheelock. The Wildcats would score four of the next six points, including the field goal from Drescher to go with a jump shot from junior guard Kailah Simon (Norwalk, CT) at 12:35 to cut the deficit to 12-4 for the home team. The Beacons responded by scoring seven straight points, including five from freshman guard Tasha Bernardez (Roxbury, MA), to begin a 16-2 stretch that gave them a 28-6 advantage with 4:50 remaining in the first stanza. The Wildcats netted four of the next seven points with a jumper from junior guard Sarah McCaffrey (East Taunton, MA) and a layup from Gomes to make it 31-10 with 3:44 showing on the first half clock. UMass Boston scored the final six points of the half to take a 37-10 lead at the intermission.
The teams traded a pair of field goals to open the second half, including layups from Milton and Drescher for Wheelock to set the score at 41-14 with 17:14 to go in the contest, but the Beacons held the Wildcats scoreless for just under 10 minutes, while scoring 18 unanswered points to take a 59-14 lead to pull away with 8:35 left to play in the game.
Morrison was 7-9 from the floor and added four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes of action for the Beacons, while Bernardez chipped in with nine points, three rebounds, three steals and an assist in 21 minutes. Sophomore guard Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) also contributed with seven points, five boards, three steals and a helper in 17 minutes off the bench.
Wheelock will be in action again on Saturday, December 3 when it hosts Mount Ida College at 1:00 p.m. at Brunelli Court, while UMass Boston opens the Little East Conference slate, hosting Western Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m. on December 3 at the Clark Athletic Center.