Driscoll's Career-High Helps Corsairs Clip Hawks

Driscoll's Career-High Helps Corsairs Clip Hawks

BRISTOL, R.I. – Freshman Jennifer Driscoll (Westport, Mass.) scored a career-high 18 points to lead UMass Dartmouth to an 84-55 victory over Roger Williams this evening in a NCAA Division III women's basketball contest at the Recreation Center Gymnasium.

The Corsairs recorded their fourth consecutive win to improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Hawks evened their record at 3-3.

UMass Dartmouth featured a well-balanced attack as five Corsairs reached double digits in scoring, paced by Driscoll.  The freshman guard from Westport, Mass. connected on 6-of-7 attempts from the field, including 2-for-2 from behind the three-point arc, in just 17 minutes of action.  Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) produced 15 points, on 7-for-15 from the floor, and dished out a game-high six assists, while sophomore Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) also registered 15 points.  Junior Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.) contributed a season-high 12 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks, while Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) added 10 points in the win.

UMass Dartmouth raced out to an early advantage, shooting 52.9 percent from the field in the first quarter.  The Corsairs established their inside presence as Carreiro registered eight points to build a 19-9 lead with 1:44 remaining in the quarter.  Junior Meagan Donovan (Abington, Mass.) knocked down a triple to extend the advantage to 13 points before Roger Williams converted a lay-up to close out the frame.

The visitors continued to receive production from their front line as Empey netted eight points, including two three-pointers, to stake UMass Dartmouth to a 29-17 advantage midway through the stanza.  The Corsairs saw their lead dip to nine points twice, but freshman Brianna Craig (Monroe, Conn.) converted two free throw attempts to send the visitors into the locker room with a 37-26 lead.

The Hawks opened the second half on an 8-2 run to trim the deficit to five points, but UMass Dartmouth responded with a 9-4 run, fueled by Carroll's six points.  The Corsairs closed the quarter with a 7-0 run, including five points from Driscoll, to enter the final frame with a 61-47 advantage.

UMass Dartmouth continued to ride the momentum into the fourth quarter as the visitors shot 56.3 percent (9-for-16).  The Corsairs defense also dug in, limiting Roger Williams to 18.2 percent from the field (2-for-11) and forcing seven turnovers.  Driscoll scored nine of the final 13 points to help the visitors balloon their lead to a game-high 29 points.   

UMass Dartmouth shot a season-high 50 percent (31-for-62) from the field, including 60 percent (9-for-15) from long range, while holding the Hawks to 29.4 percent (20-for-68). Roger Williams held a 45-36 edge on the boards, but the Corsairs forced 25 turnovers.  

UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 5:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when the Corsairs travel to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference contest.