GORHAM, Me. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth put its dynamic offense on display as senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) drilled a career-high five triples while junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) notched her ninth double-double to help sink Southern Maine, 84-55, extending the Corsair conference win streak to ten on Saturday afternoon at the Hill Gymnasium.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 84, Southern Maine 55
Records: UMass Dartmouth (17-3, 10-0 LEC) | Southern Maine (11-10, 7-3 LEC)
How it Happened
Douty immediately exhibited her red-hot shooting from three-point land to propel her final point total to 19. In the post, Examond generated a game-high 20 points and 12 boards. Juniors Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Kailyn Milligan (Lakeville, Mass.) chipped in nine and eight points, respectively, in reserve roles.
Southern Maine was led in scoring by senior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) with 13 points while classmate Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Me.) corralled 12 rebounds, seven of which coming on the offensive end.
After each squad battled to a 12-12 deadlock, the Corsairs went on to knock down three straight from downtown as Milligan's triple bookended a pair made by Douty. With eight seconds remaining in the first quarter, Southern Maine sophomore Mychaela Harton (Georgia, Vt.) knocked down a jumper just inside the free-throw line to get the hosts within seven, 23-16. Korzec snatched the momentum back, though, as her high-arching three-pointer from the right wing beat the buzzer to re-extend the advantage to double digits.
Early in the second quarter, the Huskies scored five straight to narrow the difference to four, 30-26, but the powerful post play of junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) helped extend the visiting margin to seven heading into halftime. UMass Dartmouth initiated the third stanza with an 8-0 run, with Examond pouring in the first five, pushing the score to 52-35. The Corsairs went for another buzzer-beating bucket, this time with senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) hitting the layup off the feed from junior Danyel Gonzalez (Pawtucket, R.I.) just before the red lights shined.
With the visitors leading through the remainder of the contest, Corsair sophomore Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.) made her season-debut off the bench in her return from injury. The second-year guard-forward combo notched her first basket of the year, as she hit a turnaround hook shot in her welcome back to the hardwood.
Inside the Numbers
- Douty came just one point shy of tying her career-best point total, which occurred on Dec. 2 at Plymouth State (87-69 win).
- Corsair senior Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) facilitated the offense for a game-high six assists.
- All but one of the Huskies to play dished out one or more assists.
- The Corsairs outshot the Huskies by a shooting percentage advantage of 46.5 to 31.3.
- UMass Dartmouth received a high scoring contribution from its bench, as the reserves poured in 26 to the hostsâ€™ 11.
The Corsairs remain on the road for a non-conference clash with Worcester State on Monday night, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.