Corsairs Fend Off Huskies, 74-72

Corsairs Fend Off Huskies, 74-72

GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnson, R.I.) scored a team-high 21 points and handed out five assists to lead the UMass Dartmouth women's basketball team to a 74-72 road victory at Southern Maine this afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.  The Corsairs held off a late Huskies' charge over the final 34 seconds to capture the Little East Conference opener for both teams.

UMass Dartmouth (5-1, 1-0) shot 42.1 percent from the field (24-for-57), including season-highs from the foul line (81%, 17-for-21) and long distance (50%, 9-for-18).  Moretti registered 12 of her 21 points in the second quarter to pace three Corsairs in double digits.  It was the second time this season Moretti recorded at least 20 points in a contest.  Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) posted a double-double with 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds, while sophomore Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) netted 18 points, on an efficient 7-for-9 from the floor, and pulled in five rebounds.

Sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla.) registered a double-double, consisting of a career-high 24 points and 14 rebounds, to lead Southern Maine (3-3, 0-1).  Junior Abi Ramirez (Portland, Maine) contributed a career-high 14 points and collected six rebounds and Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) with 13 points and seven boards to round out the hosts' contingent in double figures.

Brown gave UMass Dartmouth a 12-point fourth quarter lead, 70-58, with 1 minute, 54 seconds remaining in regulation.  Southern Maine scored six consecutive points out of a timeout to whittle the deficit to 70-64.  Moretti sank a pair of free throws to stop the run, but the Huskies rattled off six additional points to make it a one possession contest.  Southern Maine was whistled for a foul and Brown knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to give the visitors a four-point lead with eight ticks on the clock.  The Huskies raced down the court and converted a lay-up as time expired.   

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 6pm on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when the Corsairs travel to Roger Williams (3-2).