KEENE, N.H – A strong second quarter lifted the UMass Dartmouth women's basketball team to a 77-59 win over host Keene State College at Spaulding Gym on Saturday afternoon in Little East Conference action.
- Keene State: 2-13, 0-5 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 11-2, 5-0 LEC
How It Happened
Emily McPadden made 6-of-12 from the floor and had 16 points, five rebounds and an assist to lead the Owls. Jasmin Mitchell added 10 points, three rebounds and an assist, while Lilly Shlimon had eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Kailyn Milligan led UMass Dartmouth with 16 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Nakira Examond had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with two assists. Ashley Brown added 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.
UMass Dartmouth started fast, scoring 18 of the first 22 points in the opening eight minutes of the contest. A triple from Milligan made it 10-4, and later, a jumper from Alicia Kutil made it 18-4 at the 2:08 mark of the first quarter. Keene State answered, scoring nine consecutive points. McPadden drained a three, Mitchell scored inside and Abby Thut made two free throws to make it an 18-13 game after one. The run continued to start the second with a Shlimon basket that made it 18-15, but the Corsairs then embarked on a 13-2 run, capped by another three from Milligan and a jumper from Brown that made it 31-17 with 3:57 left in the half. Meghan D'Amours scored to stop the surge, but UMD kept pouring it on, getting yet one more triple from Milligan to lead 42-19 with just over a minute left. The Corsairs led 44-22 at the half.
Keene State was unable to make any dent in the lead early in the second half. A layup from Chelsea Houlihan made it 48-25 and, a short time later, a traditional three point play from Examond made it 51-26 at the 6:33 mark. The lead got as high as 55-28 before McPadden made two jumpers and a triple in a one-minute span that made it 55-35 with 3:31 to go in the quarter. Brown and McPadden then traded baskets, and it was Brown's layup in the final seconds of the quarter that gave the Corsairs a 64-40 lead after three. Another shot from deep for McPadden, a five point scoring binge from Mitchell and a trey from Kenzie Bennett in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter got KSC to within 64-51. With 3:17 left, the Owls got another triple – this one from Shlimon – to get within 69-57, but Korzec answered again for the Corsairs again and Keene State could get no closer.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State was on from three in the game, making 10-of-23 (44%) long-distance tries. McPadden made four and Shlimon, Bennett and Mitchell two each.
- The Owls shot 37% (22-for-57) from the floor, while the Corsairs hit at a 45% (33-for-74) clip. UMD made 6-of-18 (33%) from beyond the arc.
- UMass-Dartmouth outrebounded the Owls 46-37 and had significant advantages in points off turnovers (19-9) and second chance points (17-7).
- This was UMass Dartmouth's third ever win at Spaulding Gymnasium, though they have won in Keene each of the last two seasons. KSC leads the all-time series 29-6.
- Keene State will host Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 pm.
- UMass Dartmouth returns home and will entertain No. 8 Tufts on Monday, January 15 at 1:00 pm.