WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – A career-high 31 points by senior captain Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) piloted a come-from-behind performance by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday, leading the Corsairs to their seventh-straight win and a 4-0 Little East Conference mark.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 83, Eastern Connecticut 75
Records: UMass Dartmouth (10-2, 4-0 LEC) | Eastern Connecticut (3-9, 2-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Kutil reached her scoring mark on 11-of-22 shooting, bettering her previous best of 29 points from last season. She additionally snagged a game-high 15 rebounds for her fourth double-double. The forward was complimented by 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists from Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.), with junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) also totaling 16 points and Kailyn Milligan (Lakeville, Mass.) 10.
Mya Villard (Cromwell, Conn.) paced four in double-figures for ECSU, as the sophomore posted 19 points and 10 boards. Also registering a double-double was Julie Jordan (Sterling, Conn.) at 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Turnovers plagued the Corsairs early, backing the visitors in a 9-0 hole to start. In the first quarter, ECSU's staunch defense gave way to a 26-18 advantage, capitalizing for 12 points on six UMass Dartmouth miscues, three of them counting as steals for the host.
UMass Dartmouth's deficit increased to double-digits in the second frame, with the Warriors bumping up as much as 11 before a bucket by Kutil and corresponding charge call in favor of Examond punctuated a 13-0 run for the visitors' first lead of the game. ECSU responded in kind, outscoring the Corsairs 5-1 in the final three minutes of the half to put the intermission score at 40-all.
A traditional three-point play from Milligan early in the third swung the momentum in favor of the Corsairs for the third quarter, with UMass Dartmouth going up as much as 12. ECSU once again challenged to start the fourth, rattling off the first seven points including three by Kelsey Santagata (Stamford, Conn.) to cut within a possession, but three-consecutive Corsair buckets quelled the Warriors for good.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs have now won seven-straight for the first time since 2014-15, when UMass Dartmouth went 7-0 during the months of January and February.
- UMass Dartmouth dominated the post with 53 points in the paint and 53 rebounds to ECSU's 38.
- Led by Brown's 3-for-3 performance behind the arc, the Corsairs put forth their second-highest 3-point performance of the season at 45.6 percent (5-of-11).
- Brown's 11 rebounds set a new career-high for the second-straight outing, bettering her nine boards on Sunday against Regis.
- UMass Dartmouth snaps a three-game skid to Eastern Connecticut, claiming victory for the first time since Feb. 13, 2016.
UMass Dartmouth sticks to road LEC play on Saturday, traveling to defending conference champion Keene State for a 1 p.m. tip-off.