Women's Basketball Suffers Setback At UMass Dartmouth

Women's Basketball Suffers Setback At UMass Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In a battle between two rivals with perfect Little East Conference records, UMass Boston struggled through one of their worst offensive performances of the season, in seeing their 13-game winning streak come to an end.

The Basics

UMass Dartmouth 79, UMass Boston 49

UMass Boston (14-2, 5-1 LEC)

UMass Dartmouth (12-3, 6-0 LEC)

How it Happened 

The Beacons shot 27.7 percent (18-65) from the field, connected on just three 3-pointers (3-19) and turned the ball over 24 times in their worst offensive performance since the opening week of the year.

Freshman bigs Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) and Niyera Mitchell (Easton, Mass.) were the lone two bright spots for UMass Boston.

Osborne recorded a team-high 11 points on 5-5 shooting and tacked on five rebounds and one steal. She made just her second collegiate start in the loss and was an effective defender in her 12 minutes of action. Mitchell tacked on seven points and five rebounds off the bench.

UMass Dartmouth's Preseason All-American Nakira Examond stuffed the stat sheet for her squad. She posted a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds and added an assist, a steal, and a pair of blocks. Sophomore Ashley Brown trailed close behind with 15 points and seven boards.

Brown promptly got the Corsair offense rolling, drilling a three-pointer from the left wing and then following up with a running layup on a drive against the grain. The Beacons found themselves in foul trouble early, yielding more Corsair free throw attempts (11) than field goal attempts (9) in the opening period.

To begin the second quarter, the freshmen pairing of Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Osborne teamed up for a layup as the former fed the latter under the basket. With three minutes remaining, UMass Dartmouth junior Kailyn Milligan turned defense into offense, blocking a Beacon layup attempt and racing down to the other end for the solo finish on the fastbreak. Heading into the intermission, the Corsairs restricted the opponent to just 26.5% shooting while the hosts converted at a 60% clip.

After halftime, Examond passed out of a double-team to teammate Alicia Kutil, who netted a corner three. Minutes later, senior Chelsea Houlihan swiped a Beacon pass and then drained her free throws after a foul, extending the hosts advantage to 53-32. Junior Danyel Gonzalez fed freshman Lauren Empey for a layup in the waning seconds to put the exclamation mark on the home victory for the Corsairs.

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth made and attempted a new season-high at the free-throw line, going 24-for-34.
  • The Beacons shot their second-worst percentage of the season from the field (27.7 percent) and their worst of the year from distance (15.8 percent). UMass Boston's three 3-pointers are tied for the second-fewest this season. The Beacons also tied their season low in assists (nine) and recorded their third-most turnovers of the year (24). UMass Boston was also plagued by a season-high 27 fouls.
  • With the loss, UMass Boston saw their program record 13-game winning streak and perfect 5-0 conference records come to an end.
  • With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 26-51 all-time against the Corsairs. UMass Dartmouth has now five-straight in the series.

Up Next 

UMass Boston will look to bounce back on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host Keene State College. The Beacons will get their second chance against the Corsairs on Wednesday February 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Parts of this release courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information Department