Dartmouth, Mass.—Sophomore guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, MA) scored 15 points and added seven assists the No. 5-seeded Rhode Island College women's basketball team dropped a, 71-65, decision against No. 1-seeded UMass Dartmouth in the semifinals of the 2019 Little East Conference Championship played at the Tripp Athletic Center on Friday evening.
UMass Dartmouth 71, Rhode Island College 65
Rhode Island College (18-9)
UMass Dartmouth (22-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
• Junior guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) was also in double figures with 13 points in the loss for the Anchorwomen.
• Senior forward Nakira Examond (New Bedford, MA) paced UMass Dartmouth with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while junior guard Ashley Brown (New Bedford, MA) posted 15 points and seven rebounds in the win for the Corsairs.
• UMass Dartmouth had control of the game early and took its first double-digit advantage when a jumper from freshman guard Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, MA) staked the Corsairs to a 17-7 lead with 3:40 left in the first quarter.
• RIC responded and used a 20-4 run, which spanned the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter, to take a 27-21 advantage on a traditional three-point play with 6:05 left in the first half.
• That would be the largest lead of the half for the Anchorwomen as UMD closed out the half on a 12-4 run to hold a 33-31 advantage heading into the locker room at halftime.
• UMass Dartmouth pushed the lead to as many as seven points in the third quarter when a pair of free throws from Examond put the Corsairs up, 48-41 with :22 left in the frame. UMD held the 48-41 lead after three quarters of play.
• UMD extended its advantage to as many as 17 points on several occasions early in the fourth quarter, which included a 60-43 lead on a layup from Examond with 5:45 left in the contest.
•RIC cut the Corsair lead down to just four points when a three-pointer from Livramento made the score, 69-65, with :26 remaining. That would be as close as the Anchorwomen would get as the Corsairs hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to advance to the tourney title game.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 35 percent (23-for-66) from the field, 30 percent (7-for-24) from three-point range and 67 percent (12-for-18) from the free throw line.
• UMass Dartmouth shot 33 percent (22-for-66) from the field, 55 percent (6-for-11) from behind the three-point stripe and 91 percent (21-for-23) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded UMD by a 50-42 margin.