Blazing Beacons storm Gators in Tip-Off Classic

DORCHESTER, MA -- An undermanned, undersized Gators team ran into a blazing Beacons club Friday night, falling to the host school 64-31 in the first round of the UMass-Boston Tip-Off Classic.

With the luxury of 12 players, eight of them 5-8 or taller, the Beacons outrebounded Pine Manor 56-21, including 29-9 in the first half, in advancing to Saturday's championship. Senior forward Caroline Ashe led all scorers with 23 points on 4-7 shooting from distance. Junior guard Enjolee Phillips came off the bench for 12 to lead the Gators.  

Pine Manor, which utilized seven, stayed within striking distance in the early going. A Phillips running one-hander got the Gators within 10, at 21-11 at the 7:00 mark. However, the Beacons mounted a late first half run to take a 41-20 halftime lead, shooting 48.5 percent  and holding the visitors to 29.6 percent shooting for the period.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Phibe Pham closed the deficit to 19 midway through the second, but it was as close as the Gators would come. Ashe hit three of her four threes down the stretch, increasing the lead to 30 as the Beacons cruised.

Gina Simpson-Hobbs finished with seven points for Pine Manor, while fellow guards Pham and Yiafia Dowridge rounded out the scoring with six each. In her first action since the second game of last season, Dowridge led the team with six rebounds.

In the night cap, Framingham State toppled Southern Vermont, 86-63. The Gators will face Southern Vermont in the consolation game of the Tip-Off Saturday at 1 p.m. back at the Clark Athletic Center.

Newspaper Box Score

Pine Manor College vs UMass Boston

11/20/09 5:30 p.m. at Clark Athletic Center - Boston, MA

At Clark Athletic Center - Boston, MA

UMASS BOSTON 64, PINE MANOR COLLEGE 31

PINE MANOR COLLEGE (0-2)

Enjolee Phillips 6-17 0-1 12; Gina Simpson-Hobbs 3-8 0-2 7; Yiafia Dowridge

2-11 2-4 6; Phibe Pham 2-5 0-0 6; Aponi Washington 0-3 0-0 0; Tia Nelson 0-3

0-0 0; Kaylyn Delgado 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 2-7 31.

UMASS BOSTON (1-0)

Caroline Ashe 9-12 1-1 23; Kate Levy 4-10 0-0 9; Elizabeth Dow 3-9 1-1 7;

Molly Piette 2-7 2-2 7; Michaela Cunningham 2-4 0-0 6; Cammy Brown 1-3 2-2

4; Kristen Penney 1-5 0-2 2; Jessica Hudon 1-2 0-0 2; Kamiya Flakes 1-2 0-0

2; Sarah McDonough 1-6 0-0 2; Gabrielle Siry 0-1 0-0 0; Jaci Goodwin 0-1 0-2

0. Totals 25-62 6-10 64.

Pine Manor College............   18   13  -   31

UMass Boston..................   40   24  -   64

3-point goals--Pine Manor College 3-16 (Phibe Pham 2-5; Gina Simpson-Hobbs

1-2; Tia Nelson 0-2; Yiafia Dowridge 0-4; Enjolee Phillips 0-3), UMass

Boston 8-19 (Caroline Ashe 4-7; Michaela Cunningham 2-3; Molly Piette 1-4;

Kate Levy 1-3; Sarah McDonough 0-2). Fouled out--Pine Manor College-None,

UMass Boston-None. Rebounds--Pine Manor College 21 (Yiafia Dowridge 6),

UMass Boston 56 (Sarah McDonough 9). Assists--Pine Manor College 6 (Phibe

Pham 2; Gina Simpson-Hobbs 2), UMass Boston 18 (Sarah McDonough 4). Total

fouls--Pine Manor College 12, UMass Boston 12. Technical fouls--Pine Manor

College-None, UMass Boston-None. A-125

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