DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) went off for a career-high 26 points on a new personal-best five three-pointers to lift the Corsairs to a 77-65 Little East triumph over Rhode Island College at the Tripp Athletic Center on Wednesday evening. Blue and Gold senior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) registered her 11th double-double of the season on 19 points and 12 boards, while junior Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.) contributed 10 scores, four rebounds, and three assists to help push the squad’s winning streak to nine.
With the win, UMass Dartmouth moves to 19-3 overall and 12-1 in the conference, while the Anchorwomen slide to 14-8 and 6-7 in the league.
How It Happened
- Brown paced the hosts with 13 in the first half, going five of eight from the field while drilling a pair from deep. UMass Dartmouth took its largest lead in the first half at the 3:58 mark of the second quarter when senior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.) rattled in a right wing trifecta to push the score to 33-23.
- Also reaching double-digit scoring in the first two quarters was Anchorwoman junior Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, R.I.), who added four boards to her line ahead of the break.
- The Blue and Gold welcomed the third stanza with a 9-0 run that saw four different Corsairs finding the cup, inflating their advantage to 48-34 and prompting a Rhode Island College timeout with 6:47 remaining in the frame.
- The visitors hung around through the efforts of freshmen Maire Gallagher (Worcester, Mass.) and Taylor Thompson (Greenville, S.C.), who combined for 11 of the squad’s 24 third-quarter points to combat UMass Dartmouth’s 50% shooting efficiency in the frame and keep the contest within single digits (62-54).
- Corsair sophomore Meagan Donovan (Abington, Mass.) canned a corner three to continue the building momentum for her team, extending the lead the 68-55, to precede Brown’s fifth trey ball of the evening. The visitors would account for the final four baskets of the game, but would ultimately run out of time in the two’s final meeting of the year.
Inside The Numbers
- Brown’s previous career-best perimeter performance came just 48 hours ago when she connected for four at Western Connecticut. The junior surpassed her former personal-high of 23 points, accomplished on Dec. 5, 2017 at Westfield State. The sharpshooter went 10-16 from the field, also setting new collegiate marks.
- Visiting sophomores Brooke Young (West Warwick, R.I.) and Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass.) netted 11 and 10 points, respectively, while freshman Willcia McBorrough (Providence, R.I.) corralled 11 missed shots.
- The Corsairs are ranked sixth in the first NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Rankings released earlier today. Unbeaten and top-ranked Bowdoin sits at the top of the poll, followed by Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Amherst, Tufts, Babson and UMass Dartmouth.
Both teams return to conference action on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Rhode Island College hosting Keene State while the Corsairs pack their bags for a road test against Plymouth State.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)