PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sophomore Maire Gallagher (Worcester, Mass.) came off the bench to score 14 points and lead Rhode Island College to a 62-57 Little East Conference women’s basketball victory over UMass Dartmouth Wednesday evening at the Murray Center.
Gallagher netted 11 second quarter points that helped the host Anchorwomen (6-1, 1-0 LEC) overcome a two-point first quarter deficit and take a 37-33 edge at the break. The visiting Corsairs (6-2, 1-1 LEC), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end, battled back to even matters at 41-41 on senior Ashley Brown’s (New Bedford, Mass.) lay-in with 4:18 remaining in the third stanza, but Rhode Island College closed the frame on an 8-2 run to take a 49-43 cushion into the final 10 minutes of action.
UMass Dartmouth responded by scoring six of the first seven points of the fourth quarter to pull to within one (50-49) on junior Lauren Empey’s (Middleboro, Mass.) three-pointer, but Gallagher’s lay-in with 3:40 left capped a 6-1 outburst that have the Anchorwomen a 56-51 lead. Five quick points from Brown helped the Corsairs close back to within a bucket, and Empey’s free throw with 46 seconds remaining sliced the visitors’ deficit to one. Brown’s steal with 33 seconds to play gave UMass Dartmouth a chance to take the lead, but Rhode Island College forced a turnover and iced its triumph with four free throws from senior Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, Mass.) in the final eight seconds of action to account for the final margin.
Junior Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass.) added 10 points and six rebounds in the win for the Anchorwomen, who received nine points and a game-high 20 boards from senior Fataya Larry (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Junior Brooke Young (West Warwick, R.I.) also netted nine points for the hosts, who shot 34 percent (22-64) from the field and held a 51-31 rebounding advantage for the contest.
Brown scored a game-high 21 points, recorded six steals, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received 14 points, seven boards and three steals from Empey along with 11 points and four caroms from sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.). The Corsairs shot 36 percent (18-50) from the floor in seeing their eight-game series win streak over Rhode Island College end, as the visitors suffered just their third conference setback in the last 32 league decisions.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Castleton in a Little East Conference clash on Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center that tips-off at Noon, while Rhode Island College heads to Plymouth, N.H. on Saturday afternoon to take on Plymouth State in a Little East outing that tips-off at 1:00 pm.