WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Westfield State had a hard-fought battle throughout four quarters, featuring six lead changes, but in the end the Corsairs rose to an 87-83 victory on the back of a near triple-double by sophomore Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.).
Score: UMass Dartmouth 87, Westfield State 83
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-2, 1-0 LEC) | Westfield State (5-3, 0-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
After controlling the scoring at the end of the first quarter 23-17, the Corsairs held onto momentum into the second, getting out to the biggest lead of the game at 4:57 when seniors Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) and Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) combined for nine points to power a 13-0 run.
Westfield State started the second half facing a 10-point deficit (49-39), but quickly went to work with its best quarter of the game, opening on a 9-2 run to force the Corsairs to a timeout with 8:40 left in the stanza.
Out of the timeout, the teams traded buckets to close the third 20-19 on points in favor of the Corsairs as the Owls were able to reduce the once 18-point gap to just five points.
In the fourth, the Corsairs edged out the Owls in a closely-contested 10 minutes as Brown put in nine of her career-high 23 points in during the span while Alyssa Darling (Palmer, Mass.) responded to Brown blow-for-blow with 11 of her own in the final quarter.
With just two minutes left, the UMass Dartmouth defense stood firm, clinging to a two-point lead that was extended when Brown knocked down five-straight, including three foul shots to secure the four-point win.
Inside the Numbers
- Kutil and Brown led all scorers with 23 points apiece. For Kutil, the performance puts her just seven-points away from 1,000 for her career.
- Brown rounded out her line with a career-high nine assists and eight rebounds, converting on 8-of-11 from the field and 7-of-11 from the charity stripe.
- Houlihan finished with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting while junior Kailyn Milligan (Lakeville, Mass.) tied her career-high in her first start of the year, scoring 11 points.
- The Corsairs narrowly edged the Owls on the glass, 47-44, and controlled the paint by a 48-38 clip.
- Westfield's bench outscored the Corsairs 40-10 with Darling tying a team-high with 18 as a reserve.
The Corsairs' five-game road trip ends on Saturday, when they hosts Western Connecticut State at 1:00 P.M to continue Little East Conference play.