DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team used a strong second half to pick up its fourth-consecutive victory, outscoring Johnson & Wales 47-27 in the closing two frames and taking a 94-67 victory in the key non-conference matchup at the Tripp Center.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 94, Johnson & Wales 67
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 2-0 LEC) | Johnson & Wales (5-3, 2-0 GNAC)
How it Happened
Senior guard Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) nabbed her first career double-double, picking up 10 assists and 11 points while senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) combined for 28 points and 17 rebounds in the decision.
Johnson & Wales was paced by senior Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, R.I.) and junior Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.), both of whom registered 16 points.
Senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) opened the game by knocking down a shot just outside the 3-point mark off a feed from Houlihan. JWU played the hosts tough in the opening 10 minutes, taking away the paint and forcing the Corsairs to the outside. At the end of one frame, score was in favor of UMD, 25-21.
In the second quarter, the Corsairs offense started to break the stout defense from the Wildcats, kicking off an 8-2 run in the first three minutes before the advantage was snapped by a triple from Pederzani.
With 4:23 left before intermission, UMass Dartmouth took the largest lead in the half at 14 points, opening up a 16-4 run as Kutil, Douty, and Examond each scored multiple times during the span.
The locker room break slowed the pace of the game in the second half, but Douty re-opened the scoring three minutes in, penetrating the lane to finish a lay-in amongst traffic. The Wildcat offense was outmatched by the Corsair defense as it was unable to score a bucket in the opening minutes of the frame, allowing the host to push the advantage back to 14.
In the final five minutes of the third, Johnson & Wales went shot-for-shot with the Corsairs, being narrowly bested 9-8 by the host, facing a 67-54 deficit in the final quarter. UMass Dartmouth matched its point total from the second quarter in the fourth with 27, but held the opposition to its lowest-scoring quarter with 13.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs have scored 85-plus points in all four games during the current winning streak, outscoring opponents 216-114 in the paint.
- UMass Dartmouth has averaged 82.55 points per game through its first nine contests, ranking eighth in Division III and second in the LEC behind only Western Connecticut's 101.7 PPG.
- Kutil found herself in double-digits for points for the ninth-straight time this year with 24 while Examond accomplished the feat for the sixth time with 21 in the game.
- For Houlihan, the senior fell just one assist shy of her previous career-best of 11 from Nov. 19th, 2016 against Coast Guard.
- The host controlled a 51-37 lead on the glass as well as an 66-30 advantage in points inside the paint.
- The Corsairs snap a three-game skid to the Wildcats, dating back to 2014, and rises to 8-9 on the overall series as the squads have met every year since 2001.
UMass Dartmouth resumes play in the new year, hosting Regis College on Thursday, Jan. 4th at 6:00 P.M for a non-conference tilt. Johnson & Wales goes up against Coast Guard on the road on Saturday at 2:00 P.M.