The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball squad is set to square off in its first-ever NCAA Division III tournament sectional semifinal on Friday, tipping off with SUNY New Paltz on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium on the campus of Amherst College.
UMass Dartmouth (24-5) vs. SUNY New Paltz (20-8)
Friday, March 10 – 5 p.m.
LeFrak Gymnasium – Amherst, Mass.
Tickets: $7 for adults; $4 for students, children and senior citizens (65 and up); free for children 2 and under
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How They Got Here
UMass Dartmouth: Received one of 20 Pool C (at-large) bids to tournament
SUNY New Paltz: Claimed third-straight SUNYAC conference championship to earn league's automatic bid
NCAA First Round
UMass Dartmouth 71, La Roche 64 (Montclair, N.J.)
SUNY New Paltz 62, No. 19 Bowdoin 61 (Ithaca, N.Y.)
NCAA Second Round
UMass Dartmouth 71, No. 11 Montclair State 63 (Montclair, N.J.)
SUNY New Paltz 63, Ithaca 60 (Ithaca, N.Y.)
UPSET ALERT: UMass Dartmouth registered its first victory over a ranked opponent on Saturday night, defeating #11/12 Montclair State, 71-63. Junior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) recorded 13 points, including 5-for-5 from the field, to help the Corsairs race out to a 10-point first quarter advantage. The Red Hawks were able to whittle their deficit to two (56-54) in the fourth, but the Corsairs regained control with a quick 7-0 spurt.
SIGNATURE WIN: The Corsairs earned the program's first win in the national tournament Friday evening, outlasting La Roche College, 71-64. Sophomore Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) and Kutil combined for 41 points and 22 rebounds to power UMass Dartmouth's offensive attack. The Corsairs were able to overcome an 11-point first quarter deficit by outscoring the Redhawks 20-8 in the second stanza.
UNCHARTED TERRITORY: UMass Dartmouth is making its first appearance in the Sectional Semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament. The men's program has reached the second weekend six times, advancing to the national semifinals during the 1992-93 campaign.
- UMass Dartmouth sports a 6-2 overall record this season against automatic qualifiers to the NCAA tournament.
- The Corsairs are 18-0 on the season when shooting 40 percent or higher from the field. Conversely, the Corsairs are 6-5 when shooting below 40 percent.
- UMass Dartmouth has been unbeatable this season when entering the fourth quarter tied (1-0) or with a lead (20-0). However, the Corsairs are just 3-5 when entering the final 10 minutes with a deficit.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS: SUNY New Paltz enters Friday's outing on a six-game winning streak, including Feb. 27's SUNYAC Championship victory. In the last three games, the Hawks have knocked off three teams ranked in the top three in the respective regions, including No. 16 SUNY Geneseo, No. 19 Bowdoin and Ithaca. SUNY New Paltz features two players averaging double-digits, including senior Kit Small at 12.9 points per game and sophomore Lindsay Bettke at 11.8 points per game.
WHAT'S NEXT: The winner of UMass Dartmouth-SUNY New Paltz will face the winner of #1 Amherst-Babson on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.