WORCESTER — It wasn't how coach Holly McGovern and the MCLA women's basketball team wanted to start MASCAC play.
In a game that had 19 lead changes and 11 ties, host Worcester State took the lead on two foul shots by Kaitlyn Berkel and held on to beat the Trailblazers 48-46.
Berkel was fouled by Courtney Pingelski with 19 seconds to play and Berkel made both foul shots.
The Trailblazers had two chances to send the game into overtime but shots by Pingelski and Kayla Hotaling were blocked by Britt Herring as the horn sounded.
MCLA (8-4, 0-1) was led by Hotaling, who scored 13 points. Herring had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Worcester State (4-8, 1-0).
WORCESTER STATE 77, MCLA MEN 61
WORCESTER >> In the nightcap of a MASCAC doubleheader, host Worcester (8-5, 1-0) went on a 15-0 run midway through the second half to come back and beat MCLA (4-8, 0-1).
Nine minutes into the game, the Trailblazers trailed by 11 points and were down 34-27 at halftime.
The second half didn't start well as Marquez McKreith-Collins hit a jumper 20 seconds in, extending the Lancers' lead to nine. But the Trailblazers got on a roll.
Thanks to a 17-0 run, MCLA took a 49-46 lead with 10 minutes left. Ki-Shawn Monroe's 3-pointer made it 47-46, for the Trailblazers' first lead of the game. A dunk by Isshiah Coleman gave MCLA a 51-46 lead.
Worcester answered with a 15-0 run of its own to retake the lead and did not give it up.
Paul Maurice came off the bench to score 15 points for the Trailblazers, while Khalil Paul had 12 and Monroe had 11. Bilal Shakir had a game-high 21 points for Worcester.
Lucy Barrett of Williamstown and Lauren Carnevale of Pittsfield both started for Westfield State (8-4, 1-0) as the Owls scored a 106-30 win over Fitchburg State (0-13, 0-1).
Barrett scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor. She also had two assists and two steals. Carnevale did not score, but she had three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Both players are freshmen.