BRISTOL, R.I. – The Hawks and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth battled through a back-and-forth final quarter, but it was Roger Williams who took advantage of final foul shots to edge the Corsairs 77-75 on Tuesday evening.
Score: Roger Williams 77, UMass Dartmouth 75
Records: Roger Williams (2-1) | UMass Dartmouth (2-1)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth was able to overcome a hot start by the Hawks thanks to 10 first-half points at the hands of junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.). Twelve field goals for both squads knotted the score at 29 at half.
The Corsairs' paint play and defensive intensity improved in the second half, but ultimately the Hawks' sharpshooting kept the contest within shouting distance. A 14-6 Corsair run put the visitors up five with a minute left in the third, but seven second-half 3-pointers by Roger Williams kept the lead from swinging solidly in UMass Dartmouth's direction. The fourth quarter featured eight ties and 11 lead changes.
Senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) completed her nine-point second half by sinking a pair of free throws in the waning seconds, but within the final five seconds, Roger Williams drew back-to-back fouls and converted at the line to negate and overcome UMass Dartmouth's two-point advantage. Following a Corsair timeout, a good 3-point look by Douty at the closing buzzer bounced just wide.
Inside the Numbers
- Examond finished with 25 points for just the second time on her career, falling narrowly short of her career-high of 27. The junior connected on 10-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, completing her second-straight double-double with 12 rebounds.
- Douty finished with 13 as senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) and Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) rounded out Corsairs in double-digits with 14 and 11, respectively.
- Roger Williams received a game-high 27 points from Mariah Nicholas (Acushnet, Mass.) along with 22 by Walther.
- Both squad played even on the boards with 39 rebounds apiece, with the Hawks shooting 40 percent (24-of-59) from the field to the Corsairs' 39 percent (27-of-28).
UMass Dartmouth continues its five-game road trip next Tuesday, Nov. 28, traveling to Bridgewater State for a 7 p.m. start.