Women’s basketball has got game

By Michaella Lesieur, Staff Writer

Our basketball ladies are taking over the court this season with another accomplished victory, on Thursday, December 1 against the Westfield State Owls, at our very own Tripp Center.

With the season off to a great start the girls still have not lost one game yet and are making the UMass Dartmouth community proud, as they plastered a win on to the scoreboard, 80-63.

This is only the second straight season (and fourth in the history of the entire program) that our own Corsair girls started the season, 6-0.

This occasion only dates back to the years: 1987-88, 1990-91 and last year 2015-16.

Our ladies were on fire from the start; within the first quarter they took the lead, 30-12. Sophomore Nakira Examond of New Bedford, Massachusetts scored a beautiful six points for the team in the last four minutes of the quarter.

Looking over highlights from Examond’s game she lead the UMass Dartmouth team with a total of 15 points, including a 7-for-7 outing and nine boards.

Overall for the past five games she has achieved notable double digit points and about six rebounds.

Into the second quarter Senior Jill Valley from Orange, Massachusetts accomplished another great score with eight points, forcing 13 team turnovers in regards to the press.

The contest looks good as we reached our season highs in not only field goal percentage but rebounds and points too.

Currently the Corsairs totalled  80 points, a 49.3 field goal percentage and 57 rebounds.

Highlights look over to junior Chelsea Houlihan from Wolcott, Connecticut as she and six others raked in the assists; to which they totaled 21 compared to the Owls 12.

Junior Alicia Kutil also landed some points for the board as she led the ball to net with 12 points and junior Leah Douty from Framingham, Massachusetts bringing another 10 points to the scoreboard.

With an overall team effort, the ladies added 6 more points to the score.

Teamwork is key and the Corsairs know how to bring it all in together and make this family nothing but a winner.

Looking to the stats the girls had 17 turnovers and 23 points off of the turnovers, 14 second chance points, 38 points in the paint, 10 fastbreak points and 33 bench points.

Field goals were at 33.8% with rebounds totaling 28 with 12 assists.

Our team has much to celebrate as they now hold a two-game take on Westfield, when looking back to the year 2009 as they also took hold the all time series at 4-3.

Come cheer on the ladies with the cheerleaders at their next home game against Keene State, on Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m.

If you can’t make it then the Corsairs will be playing again, away on Saturday, December 10 as they battle against Plymouth State at 1p.m.


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