By Staff Writer Zach Lunghi.
The Corsair Women’s basketball team hosted the playoffs for the Little East Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday over this past weekend.
On Friday, UMass Dartmouth faced-off against the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen and beat them with a final score of 71-65, thus advancing to the finals where they would play Eastern Connecticut.
Despite the neck-to-neck action, the Corsairs lost to the Warriors 77-72 in overtime.
Even though their playoff run ended in a loss, the team put up an admirable fight throughout, starting with Friday’s game.
Nakira Examond continually reminds spectators as to why she is in the 1,000 points club, having put up 20 points alongside 15 rebounds against the Anchorwomen. She’s proven to have been a strong asset for the Corsairs under the net.
Starters Ashley Brown and Kayla McMahon both let their presence be known during Friday’s tilt, dropping a total of 27 points with 15 from Brown and 12 from McMahon. Jess Korzec also left her mark on the stats sheet, putting up 11 points and a couple of steals. The Corsairs saw production from Danyel Gonzalez as well, who dished out four assists to her teammates and grabbed six defensive rebounds.
The Corsairs jumped out to a quick lead and held it for a majority of the first half, the Anchorwomen would not be silenced easily though.
With a couple surges of offense led by Sophia Guerrier and Ornela Livramento, Rhode Island College was able to cut a 10 point deficit to just two by the end of the second quarter.
In the second half of action, both Brown and Examond put together their own response to the Anchorwomen’s call. Brown having put eight points while Examond tallied 13. Though Rhode Island College did have their own strikes on offense, they couldn’t take the lead from UMass Dartmouth.
The Corsairs held onto the win and advanced to the finals to face off against the Eastern Connecticut Warriors.
UMass Dartmouth’s Brown put up 20 points during the game and grabbed eight rebounds. Her performance was matched by teammate Jordan Moretti, who came off the bench to tally 19 points and her own fair share of rebounds.
The Warriors’ Mya Villard didn’t let these points get put up without a fight though. Villard alone scored 27 points and controlled 17 of the game’s rebounds.
The evenly matched stats is indicative of how the tempo of the game went. Neither team let one go on a tear and if they did, it was met with a scoring streak of their own. It was almost no surprise these two contenders were headed to overtime.
In the extra quarter Moretti and Villard both played big roles for their teams. Having knocked down shots while getting fouled to complete potential three point plays or jumping on rebounds. There was no holding back from either club. At the end of the game though, Eastern Connecticut walked away with the win.
Despite the loss, the Corsairs played a hard fought, entertaining game. Even though it’s not the ending they wanted to their 22-5 season, Coach Ducharme and the Corsairs have a lot to look forward to next winter.