DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Top-seeded UMass Dartmouth and second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University will square off in the 2019 Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Final Saturday after winning their respective semifinal round games Friday night at UMass Dartmouth's Tripp Athletic Center.
The championship game is set to tip off at 3:30 p.m. at UMass Dartmouth. This will be the first-ever meeting between these two programs in the LEC title game. The Corsairs are in search of their first league title, while the Warriors will look to claim their seventh conference championship. Eastern most recently won back-to-back LEC championships in 2015 and 2016.
No. 1 UMass Dartmouth 71, No. 5 Rhode Island College 65 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Corsairs improved their record to 22-4 for the season with the victory, while the Anchorwomen end the year at 18-9.
HOW IT HAPPENED: UMass Dartmouth led 33-31 at halftime and was able to extend that margin to seven, 48-41, heading into the fourth. The Corsairs appeared to have put the game away with a 10-0 run to start the final frame, pushing their advantage to 58-41 following a three-ball from junior guard/forward Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.).
UMass Dartmouth was up 64-51 following a layup from senior guard Danyel Gonzalez (Pawtucket, R.I.) with four minutes remaining before RIC sophomore guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, R.I.) drained a three that started a 14-5 run that pulled the Anchorwomen within four with 26 seconds remaining. Junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, R.I.) capped that run with a three of her own to make it a 69-65 contest, but that proved to be RIC's final points of the game.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LEADERS: Senior forward Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) posted a double-double with game-high totals of 20 points and 15 rebounds while going 7-of-16 from the floor, while junior guard Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) added 15 points while grabbing seven boards. McMahon finished the game with 12 points.
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE LEADERS: Sophomore guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass.) scored 15 points with seven rebounds to lead the Anchorwomen, while Livramento notched double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Young also finished the game with 13 points.
No. 2 Eastern Connecticut 93, No. 3 Southern Maine 58 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: Eastern Connecticut improved to 18-8 with the victory. Southern Maine's season ends at 16-11.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Warriors outscored the Huskies 24-8 in the first quarter and never looked back, taking a 44-21 lead into the locker room at halftime on their way to a 93-58 victory. Eastern Connecticut shot an impressive 62 percent (37-60) from the floor and 83 percent (15-18) at the free throw line, while holding Southern Maine to 34 percent (23-67) shooting from the field.
EASTERN CONNECTICUT LEADERS: Senior forward Kelsey Santagata (Stamford, Conn.) led five Warriors that scored in double figures, pouring in a game-high 20 points in just 17 minutes off the bench on an 8-of-11 shooting performance from the floor while grabbing six rebounds. Freshman guard Jenna Serrantino (Cromwell, Conn.) netted 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor while pulling down five rebounds. Junior guard Lizzy Cretella (Cheshire, Conn.) and freshman forward Anna Barry (Andover, Conn.) added 11 points each, while junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell, Conn.) shipped in with 10 points.
SOUTHERN MAINE LEADERS: Senior guard Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Que.) was the lone Huskie to score in double-figured, netting 11 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore guard Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) added eight points while pulling down four rebounds off the bench.