NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Little East-leading UMass Dartmouth used a 22-4 run midway through the third quarter to pull away for good and went on to defeat the Keene State College women's basketball team 95-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.
- Keene State: 3-16, 1-10 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 16-3, 9-1 LEC
How It Happened
Tamra Gonyea, Lilly Shlimon and Emily McPadden each scored seven points to lead Keene State, while Hien Thach made a pair of threes to tally six points. Shlimon added a team-high four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. UMass Dartmouth had four double-figure scorers, led by Nakira Examond's 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. She added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Corsairs saw their first place conference lead grow to a game and a half over UMass Boston, who lost 59-46 at Castleton University.
It was an offense-driven first quarter, as KSC made 7-of-13 from the field (54%), only to see the home team top that by making 12-of-18 shots (67%) while scoring 28 points for a 13-point advantage after one. Jordyn Burke's layup opened the scoring, but the Corsairs scored the next six for a four-point edge (6-2) less than three minutes in. McPadden's jumper and Gonyea's three helped KSC get back within 8-7 at the 6:11 mark, and the Owls were still within one after Gonyea's layup 30 seconds later. Keene State fell behind by seven a short time later, but got back within one possession after Jenny Freedman's layup with 2:51 to go made it a 16-13 game. However, UMass Dartmouth closed the quarter on a 12-2 run, finished by Kayla McMahon's three in the final seconds, for a 28-15 lead after one. The Corsairs were in command after that, as the lead expanded to 20 (39-19) a little less than four minutes into a slower-paced second quarter. Thach made a three at the 2:25 mark that made it a 39-23 game, and Jasmin Mitchell's three at the buzzer had KSC within 44-28 at the half.
The Owls got a triple each from McPadden and Shlimon in the opening two minutes of the second half to draw within 10 (44-34) after a 6-0 run, the closest they had been since the final minute of the first quarter, but UMD quickly responded, embarking on a 12-0 run over the next three-plus minutes for a 56-34 advantage. The Corsairs would end up leading 71-40 after three and went on to post their ninth conference victory of the year and 16th overall.
Inside the Paint
- UMD shot 47% (34-of-73) overall in the contest and made 9-of-23 (39%) from distance. KSC finished at 32% (17-of-54) from the field and 7-of-22 (32%) from three. The Corsairs made 18-of-24 (75%) from the free throw line and the Owls 8-of-15 (53%).
- The home team had a wide 53-31 rebounding advantage and scored 30 points off 26 Owl turnovers.
- UMass Dartmouth won both meetings with Keene State this season and has won the last four overall. KSC has not beaten the Corsairs since the semifinal round of the 2017 Little East Tournament. The Owls went on to win the conference tournament that year.
- Keene State returns home for a matchup with Plymouth State University on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30 pm.
- UMass Dartmouth goes to Western Connecticut State University on the same day and time.