DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Clinching her fifth double-double in the last seven contests, Corsair junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) muscled her way through the post for a game-high 32 points and 12 rebounds. Despite her efforts, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth fell just short in its effort to stage a double-digit comeback against No. 8 Tufts University by a score of 74-66 on Monday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Score: Tufts University 74, UMass Dartmouth 66
Records: Tufts University (15-2, 4-1 NESCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (11-3, 5-0 LEC)
How it Happened
Tufts sophomore Erica DeCandido generated a team-high 24 points and nine boards. On the defensive end, freshman Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) and junior Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) posted four steals apiece. For UMass Dartmouth, Examond grabbed five off the offensive glass, with fellow forward Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) pouring in 13 points.
The Jumbos got to the charity stripe early and often in the second period, knocking down five free throws to power an 8-0 run. Each team ran their offense through the post, as opponents DeCandido and Examond tallied 17 and 14 points, respectively, in the first half. A made layup by visiting freshman Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) followed by a DeCandido short jumper put the Jumbos up 56-39, but the Corsairs responded with six straight points on the heels of junior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Examond to narrow the deficit heading into the fourth.
In the final quarter of play, Tufts senior Melissa Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) converted on a layup to widen the gap, however the hosts stormed back with twelve consecutive points on the shoulders of Examond and Kutil. With just over two minutes to go, Korzec grabbed a clutch offensive rebound and fed Kutil for a successful layup to continue the Corsair momentum.
UMass Dartmouth was forced to foul with the shot clock off, yielding a pair of made free throws by sophomore Sadie Otley (Charlotte, Vt.). Off the ensuing inbounds, Corsair senior Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) fed Examond for a layup to make it a four point game, but Tufts senior Jennie Mucciarone (North Reading, Mass.) finished a difficult layup through contact to give the visitors just enough of cushion to seal the win.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs out-rebounded the Jumbos by a margin of 43-40.
- Examond recorded career-highs in made and attempted free throws, going 14-for-18 from the line.
- The hosts capitalized on opportunities in the paint, outscoring the visitors 36-24 under the basket.
- Tufts is now 13-11 all-time against UMass Dartmouth.
- The Jumbos snap the Corsairs' longest winning streak in UMass Dartmouth women's basketball program history, ending the consecutive string at eight.
The Corsairs will compete in the second game of their four-game home stand on Wednesday, taking on LEC opponent UMass Boston at 5:30 p.m. Tufts will travel to Bates on Saturday, Jan. 20 for a 3 p.m. start time.