KEENE, N.H. – Behind a career-high 16 points by junior Kailyn Milligan (Lakeville, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth won its eighth consecutive contest, sinking Little East Conference (LEC) rival Keene State, 75-59, on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 75, Keene State 59
Records: UMass Dartmouth (11-2, 5-0 LEC) | Keene State (2-13, 0-5 LEC)
How it Happened
Milligan had a career outing for UMass Dartmouth, knocking down a personal-best four three-pointers to back her game-high scoring output. Classmate Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) notched her sixth double-double of the season, recording 15 points (6-of-8 shooting) and 11 boards (six offensive).
Keene State junior Emily McPadden (Tyngsborough, Mass.) led the way for her squad, totaling 16 points via four from distance.
While the Corsair offense netted 14 unanswered points to take an early 18-4 advantage, Keene State did a terrific job of closing out the opening quarter by scoring nine straight of their own, narrowing the deficit to just five. The visitors pulled away in the second stanza, however, outscoring the hosts 26-9. UMass Dartmouth drilled seven of eight shots in the final minutes of the first half, ballooning their lead to 42-22 heading into the break.
After the intermission, McPadden went on a personal 7-0 run, scoring from all over the floor. Back-to-back made jumpers by Owl sophomore Jasmin Mitchell (Merien, Conn.) slimmed the visiting margin to 64-48 in the fourth, but the Corsair remained persistent on the offensive end. Junior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) helped sustain her team's lead, pouring in seven of her nine points in ten second-half minutes. Her classmate, Danyel Gonzalez (Pawtucket, R.I.), six points across the third and fourth quarters, hitting a pair of field goals and free throws to pad the Corsair lead.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth is now 5-0 in LEC play, setting a new program record.
- For the first time in her career, Corsair freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) has posted consecutive outings of 15+ points.
- Korzec's nine points mark her most since joining the Corsairs on Jan. 6.
- The Corsairs took care of the ball, giving up possession just ten times – tying their season-low (Dec. 2 at Plymouth State).
UMass Dartmouth hosts Tufts University for a Monday matinee on Jan. 15, with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m.