DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) scored 25 points, including two free throws with six seconds remaining in overtime, as UMass Dartmouth overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to post an 87-86 non-league college women’s basketball victory over MIT in the season opener for both teams Friday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The host Corsairs (1-0), who trailed by a 53-42 margin entering the final 10 minutes of regulation, opened the fourth quarter with a 15-4 run capped by a game-tying three-pointer from sophomore Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) to even matters at 57-57 with 5:33 to play. The visiting Engineers (0-1) responded with a 10-3 run of their own to take a 67-60 advantage on a pair of free throws by sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) with 2:33 remaining, and MIT held a five-point edge with 25 seconds to play before a Brown lay-in and a game-tying Carroll trey knotted the score at 75-75 just 14 ticks later.
Both teams turned the ball over in the closing seconds of regulation, and after trading the lead twice in the extra session, a three-point play by Antonakakis staked the Engineers to an 86-85 cushion with 22 seconds remaining. Brown was fouled on the ensuing possession on a drive to the basket, and after canning her free throws, the visitors missed a potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer.
Brown just missed a triple double after adding nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals in the victory for UMass Dartmouth, which received 23 points, eight boards and six assists from sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.). Carroll connected for a trio of three-pointers to finish with a career-high 18 points for the Corsairs, who nine points from senior Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.) along with seven points and five caroms off the bench from junior Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.). The hosts, who led by four after the opening stanza but trailed by a bucket (28-26) at the break, shot 39 percent (30-76) from the field overall and canned seven triples on the night.
Antonakakis paced four players in double figures with 22 points in the setback for MIT, which received a double-double effort of 16 points and 11 rebounds from junior Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) along with 15 points and five boards from senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Tex.). Junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) also posted a double-double performance of 13 points and 14 caroms for the Engineers, who shot 42 percent (32-75) from the floor and held a 56-36 rebounding advantage for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Regis in a non-league outing on Wednesday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center that tips-off at 6:00 pm, while MIT takes on SUNY-New Paltz in opening round play of the Tufts Invitational next Friday evening in Medford, Mass. that tips-off at 5:30 pm.
(Photo Credit: Kris Jean-Francois '23)