DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Jennifer Driscoll (Westport, Mass.) each scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures, as UMass Dartmouth used 11 unanswered third quarter points to notch a 90-76 Little East Conference women’s basketball victory over Western Connecticut Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Sophomore Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) scored 10 points in the opening quarter to help the host Corsairs (8-7, 3-3 LEC) build a 24-17 advantage, and UMass Dartmouth took a five-point edge (46-41) at the break before the visiting Colonials (6-9, 1-5 LEC) used a 12-5 run in the first four minutes after intermission to take a 53-50 lead on sophomore Hannah Maghini’s (Bristol, Conn.) three-pointer. After the game was knotted at 55, the Corsairs went on that decisive 11-0 run that was capped by junior Lauren Empey’s (Middleboro, Mass.), as the hosts eventually took a 10-point cushion (66-56) into the final frame and built their advantage to as much as 18 points in the closing minutes of action.
Brown added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to her point total in the win for UMass Dartmouth, while Driscoll connected for a trio of three-pointers on the day. Carroll collected 13 points and five assists for the Corsairs, who received a near triple-double effort of 12 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals from sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) along with 12 points and eight boards from Empey. Senior Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.) and freshman Brianna Craig (Monroe, Conn.) combined for 14 points and eight rebounds for the winners, who shot 54 percent (33-61) from the field and recorded 25 assists on 33 field goals.
Senior Genesis Torres (Stratford, Conn.) scored a game-high 19 points (including four three-pointers) in the setback for Western Connecticut, which received 12 points and five assists from freshman Susana Almeida (Danbury, Conn.) along with 10 points and five rebounds from junior Sydney Gouveia (New Fairfield, Conn.). Sophomore Samantha Garcia (Highland, N.Y.) collected eight points and eight boards for the Colonials, who shot 32 percent (26-81) from the field and connected for 12 three-pointers in a contest that saw each team grab 46 rebounds. The visitors scored 29 points off turnovers on the day, but the hosts held a 52-18 scoring advantage in the paint.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Keene, N.H. on Wednesday afternoon to take on Keene State in a Little East Conference clash that tips-off at 4:00 pm, while Western Connecticut will be idle until next Saturday, January 18th when the Colonials head to Castleton, Vt. for a Little East matchup with Castleton that tips-off at 2:00 pm.