|University of Southern Maine||UMass Dartmouth|
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Rachel McCarron (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable Regional) scored 16 points to lead three players in double figures as the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 74-50 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.
The Corsairs improve to 12-3 overall and 3-3 in the Little East with the win. Southern Maine falls to 2-13 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
McCarron was 7-for-13 from the field as UMass Dartmouth shot over 50 percent from the field for the game. While UMass Dartmouth finished shooting more than 50 percent from the field for the game, Southern Maine conversely suffered from a sub-par shooting performance making 15-of-71 attempts from the floor for a 20.8 percent performance. Junior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while sophomore Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) added 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Kutil was 5-for-10, while Examond was 5-for-7 from the field.
Junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) led USM with seven points, and five different players scored six points for the Huskies. Freshman Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) had six points, and five rebounds, while sophomore Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) added six points and six rebounds.
USM found itself down by 17, 21-4, after the first quarter after connecting on two field goals in the quarter. USM trimmed its deficit to eight points, 37-29, at the half, outscoring UMass Dartmouth 25-16 in the second quarter. However, the Corsairs were able to bounce back in the third scoring the first seven points of the second half to reestablish a double-digit lead. Junior Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) opened the third with a three, and was followed by back-to-back layups from Kutil and junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) for a 44-29 lead with 6:09 to go in the quarter. USM went 0-for-6 from the field during the Corsair run. UMass Dartmouth continued to hit from a high percentage from the field and outscored USM 20-6 in the third to roll to the win. USM kept pace with the Corsairs in the fourth, but was unable to overcome its shooting difficulties in the loss.
USM collected 14 offensive rebounds in the game, but were only able to convert for four second chance points. Additionally, USM committed just 14 turnovers in the game, compared to 30 for the Corsairs.
Southern Maine hosts UMass Boston on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game. UMass Dartmouth takes on Rhode Island College on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) in a conference game.