BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Dartmouth outscored UMass Boston women's basketball 21-8 in the third quarter to take control and then held off the Beacons late rally, to earn a key Little East Conference victory Wednesday evening.
UMass Dartmouth 73, UMass Boston 68
(UMass Boston 8-10, Little East 4-4)
(UMass Dartmouth 15-3, Little East 6-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Alicia Kutil scored 11 of her 20 points in the third quarter for the Corsairs and three UMass Dartmouth players finished with 20 or more points to lead the visitors to victory.
Kutil ended the night with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Rachel McCarron tacked on 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Those two provided balanced scoring behind Little East Conference Player of the Year Candidate Nakira Examond.
The sophomore totaled a game-high 22 points and 16 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. She finished with seven offensive rebounds, and hit 9-of-13 shots, while tacking on two assists, one steal and one block.
UMass Boston junior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) led the Beacons with 14 points in 20 minutes of action. Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) tacked on 13 points, four assists and four steals, while Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) added 12 points and five assists.
Off the bench, Maritza Scott (Revere, Mass.) nearly doubled her career-high in rebounds with 11 in the game.
Already playing with a shorthanded bench, UMass Boston had to deal with constant foul trouble throughout the contest. Scott and Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) both fouled out, while three other starters ended the night with four fouls.
UMass Boston played one of their best first halves of the season, as they outscored the Corsairs 18-15 in the first quarter and 37-31 for the half.
With the Beacons trailing 9-8 four minutes into the first quarter, UMass Boston took control with a 8-0 run. Kelsey and Jordan each chipped in with three points, while Michaela Ilebode (Malden, Mass.) tacked on a layup to make it 16-9 UMass Boston.
After the Corsairs came back to grab the lead with a 7-0 flurry, UMass Boston went into the break with a 37-31 lead behind a 9-2 run. Four different Beacons scored during the stretch, with Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) hitting a putback lay-in with 10 seconds left in the half.
The third quarter would be all Corsairs though, as the visitors shot 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the field, while holding the Beacons to a 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) mark.
UMass Boston opened the half with a Burston 3-pointer to take their largest lead of the game at nine points (40-31). It would be all UMass Dartmouth from there, with the Corsairs putting together a 12-0 run and then stretching the run to 19-2.
Burston's second three of the quarter cut the deficit to 50-45, but Kutil would add a late layup to make it 52-45 after three quarters.
After several attempts at chipping into the deficit, UMass Boston finally cut the UMass Dartmouth lead to a single-possession with 2:39 left. Kelsey knocked down a 3-pointer and Burston added a running lay-in to make it 64-61 with 2:39 left.
Kutil responded with a made jumper and then the Corsairs knocked down three of six free throws to push the advantage back to 69-61. UMass Boston would close the game on a 7-4 run, but never got it back within a one-possession deficit.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot 30.8 percent (24-of-47) from the field, while hitting 9-of-30 (30 percent) of their 3-point attempts. On the other side, UMass Dartmouth hit 43.5 percent (27-of-62) of their attempts, but connected on just 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) 3-point attempts.
- Senior Katrina Edwards (Springfield, Mass.) became the ninth player in program history to play in 100 career games. She needs to play in just five more games to set the program record.
- The Corsairs doubled up the Beacons in points in the paint (44-22) and earned a 19-11 lead in second-chance points.
- UMass Dartmouth improved to 43-25 all-time against the Beacons.
- UMass Boston's bench notched an 18-9 edge in bench points.
UMass Boston will host Keene State College on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beacons defeated their LEC foe 88-78 in double-overtime in New Hampshire back in December.