DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Williams College women's basketball teams battled through four quarters at the Tripp Center on Monday evening, until the Corsairs ramped up their intensity in the final minute en route to a 71-62 victory in the non-conference test.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 71, Williams 62
Records: UMass Dartmouth 16-3, 9-0 LEC, Williams 11-9, 3-3 NESCAC
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth had three members of the starting five record double figures in points with Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) leading the charge with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The performance gives her three-straight double-doubles and 15 on her career with the Corsairs. Junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) posted 15 points and six rebounds, while classmate Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) rounded out the team's top-scorers with 13 points.
Williams College was paced by Katie Brule (Iron Mountain, MI.) as the sophomore led the visitors with 16 points off the bench to go with eight boards. Ephs' leading-scorer Amanni Fernandez (Corona, N.Y.) chipped in 13 points while Emily Peckham (Howard Beach, N.Y.) tied a game-high with 13 rebounds.
Neither team was able to get too far ahead on the scoreboard through the first-half of play, as the largest lead in the first 20 minutes of action was just four points.
With seven minutes left in the third quarter, the Corsairs used an 8-2 run to gain some ground with Examond, Kutil, and Brown all contributing to give the host a 48-45 lead midway through the period.
Williams continued to battle with the Blue and Gold, cutting the gap to as little as one point during the fourth quarter. But with 22 seconds remaining, Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) scooped up her own rebound before finishing inside to provide the Corsairs a 70-62 lead, and permanently shift the momentum.
Inside the Numbers
- The non-conference clash featured six ties and 10 lead changes with the largest-lead of the contest coming with 22 seconds left when the Corsairs led by eight.
- Williams College owned a slight advantage on the glass, 44-40, while UMass Dartmouth notched 40 points inside the paint to the Ephs 28.
- UMass Dartmouth knocked down 5-of-10 from beyond the arc to Williams' 6-of-17 from triple.
- The Ephs got a boost from their bench as it outpaced the Corsairs reserves, 33-13.
- With the win, UMass Dartmouth makes it five-consecutive, and 13 in their last 14 games while improving its record against NESCAC teams to 2-2 on the year.
The Corsairs look to extend their conference winning streak next time out when they travel to Southern Maine Saturday at 1:00 pm. Williams College enters the final stretch of NESCAC opponents starting with a road showdown against Colby February 2 at 7:00 pm.