DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) scored 10 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to lead eight players in double figures, as UMass Dartmouth posted a 91-43 Little East Conference women’s basketball victory over Plymouth State Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The host Corsairs (9-8, 4-4 LEC) jumped out to a 14-2 first quarter lead and held the visiting Panthers (3-11, 0-7 LEC) without a field goal for the first 10-plus minutes of play, as UMass Dartmouth built a 28-point edge (40-12) at the break. Brown became the 13th member of the Corsair 1,000 point club with a three-pointer late in the third stanza, as the hosts extended their advantage to 34 (60-26) heading into the final frame before erupting for 31 fourth quarter points to account for the final margin.
Sophomore Sabrina Armstrong (Washington, N.J.) scored 11 points and dished out three assists in the triumph for UMass Dartmouth, while Brown added six rebounds and three assists on the afternoon. Sophomores Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) and Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) each added 10 points and seven boards for the Corsairs, who received 10 points and a career-best nine caroms from freshman Brianna Craig (Monroe, Conn.). Sophomore Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds for the winners, who received 10 points and five assists from freshman Jennifer Driscoll (Westport, Mass.) along with 10 points and three blocks from junior Meagan Donovan (Abington, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth shot 44 percent (31-71) from the field overall and connected on 12-of-27 attempts from behind the arc on the day, as the Corsairs held a 48-41 rebounding advantage and converted 26 turnovers into 38 points.
Junior Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) led all scorers with 17 points while adding six rebounds in the setback for Plymouth State, which received 11 points, four assists and four steals from freshman Alessia Salzillo (Saugus, Mass.) along with 10 points from freshman Sarah Sweet (Narragansett, R.I.). The Panthers shot 28 percent (16-57) from the floor and called five from behind the arc, as the visitors were outscored by a 17-6 margin from the charity stripe.
UMass Dartmouth will be idle until next Saturday, January 25th when the Corsairs travel to Castleton, Vt. to take on Castleton in a Little East Conference clash that tips-off at 2:00 pm, while Plymouth State heads into Boston on Wednesday evening for a Little East matchup with UMass Boston that tips-off at 5:30 pm.