WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Junior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) scored 18 points and connected for a career-high four three-pointers as UMass Dartmouth extended its winning streak to seven straight with a 73-55 Little East Conference women’s basketball victory over Eastern Connecticut Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gym.
The visiting Corsairs (17-3, 10-1 LEC), who have won 26 of their last 27 Little East regular season contests dating back to February 2017, scored the last nine points of the opening quarter to snap a 9-9 deadlock before using a 22-point outburst in the second stanza to build a 40-21 advantage at the break. The host Warriors (13-8, 8-4 LEC) crept back to within 16 on a three-point by freshman Jenna Serrantino (Cromwell, Conn.) on the opening possession after intermission, but UMass Dartmouth responded with a 17-3 run over a six-minute stretch to take a 30-point lead on senior Nakira Examond’s (New Bedford, Mass.) lay-in with 2:24 to play in the third quarter. Eastern Connecticut scored 11 of the game’s last 14 points to account for final margin, as the visitors swept the regular season series for a second straight year. The result, coupled with UMass Boston’s 58-49 triumph at Southern Maine, gives the Corsairs a three-game lead in the loss column in the conference standings over the aforementioned Warriors, Beacons and Huskies.
Brown grabbed four rebounds to pace a trio of Corsairs in double figures on the day, as freshman Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) added 12 points and four rebounds while Examond notched her 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 boards. Senior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) chipped in with eight points and five caroms for UMass Dartmouth, which received eight points from freshman Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) along with seven points and five rebounds from freshman Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) off the bench. The visitors shot 43 percent (26-60) from the field overall and connected for eight three-pointers on the afternoon, as the Corsairs held a 47-34 edge on the glass.
Freshman Alyana Ward (Waterbury, Conn.) scored 11 points off the bench in the setback for Eastern Connecticut, which received 10 points and four rebounds from senior Kelsey Santagata (Stamford, Conn.). Junior Lizzy Cretella (Cheshire, Conn.) grabbed seven boards on the day for the Warriors, who shot 33 percent (20-60) from the floor and saw their starters outscored by a 43-19 margin.
UMass Dartmouth heads to Danbury, Conn. on Monday evening for a Little East Conference clash with Western Connecticut that tips-off at 5:30 pm, while Eastern Connecticut travels to Gorham, Maine on Wednesday evening for a Little East encounter with Southern Maine that also tips-off at 5:30 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)