DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Corsair trio of junior Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.), seniors Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) and Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) combined for 41 points to pilot UMass Dartmouth’s 72-44 victory over Little East Conference (LEC) opponent Plymouth State at the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, UMass Dartmouth improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the league, while the Panthers slipped to 5-3 and 0-2 within the conference.
How It Happened
- McMahon shouldered most of the load in the early going, scoring seven points on three for three shooting. Her effort translated to a 9-5 Corsair advantage ahead of the first media timeout.
- A pair of Panther layups by junior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) and senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) briefly knotted the contest at nine apiece, but UMass Dartmouth would score eight of the game’s next 10 points to grasp a 17-11 advantage at the end of one.
- Both sides had shooting difficulties in the second, going a combined nine-for-36 (20%), but Korzec anchored the offense with eight points in 18 first half minutes to help keep the Corsairs ahead.
- Korzec displayed her defensive prowess with less than two minutes to go, as the guard snuck into the passing lane under her own basket and to snatch the rock away for a layup (26-19).
- With the shot clock off and the game clock winding down before the intermission, UMass Dartmouth freshman Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) collected the quick pass from sophomore Meagan Donovan (Abington, Mass.) and splashed the trey ball from the left wing at the buzzer (31-21).
- The hosts cranked open the third with a 15-0 (19-4 extended) run, with eight coming from Examond and five from McMahon. The Blue and Gold locked up for the first 6:42 of the quarter, allowing for a 46-21 cushion.
- Examond put up 13 in 15 minutes of second half action alone, adding nine boards to her line. The senior shot six-for-nine overall and knocked down four of her five chances from the charity stripe.
- Corsair freshman Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) was perfect from beyond the arc in the final quarter, knocking down a pair from downtown.
Inside The Numbers
- Examond recorded her fourth double-double of the year, going for 16 points and 11 rebounds in the league clash. In the process, she moved into fifth place on UMass Dartmouth’s career-scoring list with 1,312 points.
- Donovan continues to exhibit her range, knocking down three three-pointers for the second straight game.
- McMahon submitted a balanced outing, going for eight in the first half and seven more in the second, finishing with seven boards and 75% shooting (six-for-eight).
- Gonzalez notched a season-high four steals this afternoon, which also stood as the most in this afternoon’s meeting. She has dished out at least five assists in four of six games thus far this year.
- The Corsairs out-rebounded the opposition by a 54-27 margin. UMass Dartmouth grabbed 24 on the offensive glass, allowing for 20 second chance points.
- Plymouth State’s Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) took a game-high 21 shots, leading her squad with 12 points.
- With the win, UMass Dartmouth has leapt out to a 6-0 record for the third time in four seasons and extended its Little East regular season winning streak to 18 straight.
The Panthers will travel to Southern Maine on Wednesday; commencing their battle with the Huskies at 5:30 p.m. UMass Dartmouth will conclude its seven-game home stand on Thursday, tipping off against #1 Bowdoin at 7 p.m.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)