DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Corsair senior forward Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) paced UMass Dartmouth with 17 points and 12 boards to record her third double-double as part of the team’s first Little East Conference (LEC) triumph of the season, defeating Southern Maine by a score of 65-61 at the Tripp Athletic Center on Wednesday evening.
How It Happened
- Senior guard Danyel Gonzalez (Pawtucket, R.I.) was finding her teammates early and often as the facilitator hit teammates Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.) and Meagan Donovan (Abington, Mass.) behind the perimeter for a pair of early treys, accounting for three dimes in the first quarter.
- Donovan maintained the hot hand in the opening 10 minutes, collecting 11 points after going 4 for 5 from the field. The sophomore guard was dialing it up from long distance all quarter long, draining a trifecta from downtown.
- With just under a minute to go in the first, a good jumper from beyond the arc by Huskie Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Que.) preceded a made layup by UMass Dartmouth senior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) to close the quarter score at 26-17 in favor of the hosts.
- Four different Huskies got to the cup to piece together an 8-0 run, slimming the difference to 31-28. Corsair freshman Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) broke the squad’s silence as she finished a layup through hard contact before the break.
- The Huskies took the lead, 37-36, off an inbound play with just over six minutes to go in the third, as Srolovitz knocked down an elbow jumper via the quick feed from junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.).
- UMass Dartmouth stormed back with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes powered by a pair of buckets each from sophomore Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.) and McMahon, seizing a 48-39 advantage. A quick burst by the Huskies just before the end of the quarter, though, capitalized on a pair of missed free throws to narrow the margin to 48-45 in the penultimate stanza.
- Six key free throws over a three-minute period in the fourth gave the Corsairs some breathing room, 56-48, before Examond muscled her way in for a layup off the glass to push the lead back to double-digits.
- Huskie guard Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine) kept her ensemble in it, getting her jump shot to go as she was hacked from behind with the shot clock expiring. Examond would come right back the other end, collecting the feed from Gonzalez, banking home the layup plus the foul to push the lead to 60-53 with 83 seconds to go.
- A pair of threes for the Huskies kept it interesting in the fading seconds to keep them within single digits, but Korzec hit her free throws in crunch time to seal the squad’s victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Southern Maine muzzled the Corsair offense to just eight points in the second quarter by limiting the hosts to 16.7% efficiency, putting up 14 behind 40% shooting (6 for 15).
- Donovan added a pair of blocks to her line of 14 points and eight boards, giving her multiple swats in all five games this year.
- UMass Dartmouth toed the charity stripe 32 times this evening, its most since Nov. 13 (39).
- The league victory gives UMass Dartmouth its 17th consecutive LEC win dating back to Feb. 2017.
The Corsairs remain home for a 1 p.m. contest against LEC foe Plymouth State on Saturday. Simultaneously, Southern Maine will also continue their league slate as they travel to Castleton for a clash with the Spartans.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)