|UMass Dartmouth||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) and junior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) combined for 29 points and 18 rebounds as the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 69-41 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.
With the win, UMass Dartmouth improves to 20-4 overall and 11-3 in the conference. Southern Maine falls to 5-20 with the loss and 4-10 in the LEC. The Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament begins on Tuesday, February 21 at the higher seeds. UMass Dartmouth earns the three seed, and Southern Maine will be the seventh seed. The Huskies will travel to second seed Keene State College on Tuesday (tba). Sixth seed UMass Boston will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday.
Examond was 7-for-9 from the field for a game-high 15 points, adding nine rebounds, and assist and a steal. Kutil was 7-for-15 from the floor for 14 points, matching Examond for game-high rebounding honors, adding four assists, a blocked shot and a steal.
Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.), sophomore Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy), and junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) each scored seven points to lead USM. Freshman Katie Howe (New Boston, N.H.) had six points.
Southern Maine trailed UMD by just two possessions, 19-15, after the first quarter but the Corsairs outscored USM 12-5 in the second frame to open up a 31-20 lead at the break. A jumper from Nicely on a feed from Luckhardt made it 25-19 in favor of the Corsairs midway through the second quarter, before UMD rattled off a 6-1 run to close out the half.
The Corsairs continued their run in the second half scoring 12 unanswered points to open up a 43-20 gap from which USM could not recover. Southern Maine outscored the Corsiars 15-14 in the final quarter but the deficit was too great as UMD held for the win.