NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth overcame a slow offensive start before finding momentum in the second-half, as the Corsairs used a 43-32 second-half swing to pave way toward a 78-64 victory over Plymouth State on Saturday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 78, Plymouth State 64
Records: UMass Dartmouth (13-3, 7-0 LEC), Plymouth State (5-12, 1-6 LEC)
How it Happened
Leading all scorers was UMass Dartmouth senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.), who poured in 20 points on 8-of-15 from the field. Classmate Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) drained 4-of-6 3-point attempts en route to 14 points, with Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) adding 12.
Four Panthers finished in double-figures, led by Jess Conant's (Canton, Maine) 17 points and 8 rebounds. Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) finished with 13 and eight boards, and Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) tabulated 10 points while dishing out nine assists.
UMass Dartmouth opened the game cold from the field, missing shots from up close, and finishing just 9-of-19 to start the action. At the end of the first quarter, the host was holding a 22-18 lead.
In the second, the Corsairs showed signs of breaking from the shooting slump as Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.) finished inside before Douty upped the margin to seven points with a triple. The made shots were two of just three in the quarter as the Corsairs used a 5-for-8 showing at the charity stripe to control a 35-32 lead before the break.
UMass Dartmouth's high-octane offense reestablished to begin the second half as Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) and Kutil returned to the court after sitting most of the first two quarters while in foul trouble. As a result, the Corsairs jolted to a 31-12 scoring drive through the third with Douty erupting for 12 points in the span while Houlihan dropped six points.
With the lead ballooned to 22-points, Plymouth State chipped at the gap in the fourth quarter as it came atop a 20-12 scoring run of its own. But it was too large to overcome as the Corsairs held onto the ball in the final seconds to secure the 78-64 final.
Inside the Numbers
- The win marked the 15th consecutive time that UMass Dartmouth defeated Plymouth State, and completed the season-series sweep.
- UMass Dartmouth finished the game 26-of-59 from the floor while Plymouth State ended 25-of-67 from the field and 2-of-13 from deep.
- The Corsairs totaled seven beyond-the-arc shots for their second-highest total of the season. UMass Dartmouth posted a season-high 13 3-pointers at Plymouth State on Dec. 2.
- UMass Dartmouth finished with 24 points off 20 Plymouth State turnovers and registered 36 points in the paint, all while receiving 29 points from its bench.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Rhode Island College at 5:30 P.M. this coming Wednesday to look to rise to 8-0 in conference play. Plymouth State squares off against Keene State at the same time.