PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three Corsairs tallied double-digit scoring totals as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth defeated Rhode Island College, 61-45, for its tenth consecutive triumph and twenty-first overall on Wednesday evening at the Murray Center.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 61, Rhode Island College 45
Records: UMass Dartmouth 21-3, 13-0 LEC | Rhode Island College 8-15, 2-11 LEC
How it Happened
Senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) recorded her eighth double double of the year on a 10-point, 11-rebound outing, while junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) led all players with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting (61.5%). The Corsairs also received boosts from sophomore Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) and junior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.), who tallied 12 and seven points, respectively.
Anchorwoman sophomore Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, R.I.) grabbed a game-high 14 boards to go along with 11 points, three dimes and three swipes. Freshman Brooke Young (West Warwick, R.I.) paced her squad with 12 on offense.
After the contest opened with the score knotted at four, the Corsair pairing of Kutil and Examond generated all the offense of UMass Dartmouth's early 8-0 run. Minutes later, senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) stretched the visiting advantage to double-digits as she banked in a high arching three-pointer from the right wing for an 18-8 lead.
The Anchorwomen ran its first play of the stanza through Young as she splashed a jumper from downtown to halve the deficit to five. While the Corsairs shot 54.2% from the field, the Anchorwomen did not allow a field goal inside the final two and a half minutes to remain within striking distance, 33-27, entering halftime.
Senior Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) and Examond rung in the third quarter with a three-pointer and layup, respectively, to put the Blue and Gold back up by 11. The hosts made the most of their free-throw opportunities, converting on six of six to linger within nine throughout the frame. In the final possession of the period, though, Korzec finished a buzzer-beating layup for a 48-39 advantage.
Just three points were scored within the first four minutes of the fourth, as each team could not initially find an offensive rhythm. In the final stretch of the quarter, Brown knocked down a pair of three-pointers to bookend a free throw by freshman Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.) to give the Corsairs their biggest lead of the contest, closing the book on their thirteenth consecutive conference win.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs assisted on 18 of their 24 made field goals.
- Each side rebounded nearly the same amount, with UMass Dartmouth holding the slight advantage 45-43.
- The visitors took advantage of Anchorwomen giveaways, capitalizing for 20 points off turnovers to the hosts' nine.
UMass Dartmouth will wrap up the 2017-18 regular season in a battle with Keene State on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. as the Corsairs celebrate Senior Day.