Junior Shannon Singletary
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team finished the game on a 14-5 run en route to a 63-54 victory over visiting UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
After Beacons freshman guard Lauren Perra (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) nailed a three pointer from the wing to tie the game at 49 with just over six minutes to play, the Corsairs used some timely team defense and some hot shooting from sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) to hold on for the win.
Bornemann had given the Corsairs a five-point advantage before Perra's hit a layup and three pointer from the top of the key. Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) gave the Corsairs the lead for good with a rebound and a put back, making it 51-49. Bornemann answered a free throw by Beacons junior guard Teresa Pina (Boston, MA/Charlestown HS) with another three from the wing, and then followed a free throw by Corsairs freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) with a jumper from the baseline, pushing the lead to 57-50 with just under four minutes left in the contest.
Corsair junior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton) followed with a steal and a lay-up, swelling the lead to nine. Beacons freshman center Kristen Morrison (North Reading, MA/North Reading HS) sandwiched a pair of lay-ups around a Bornemann lay-up, on her way to a game-high 19 points, and Singletary accounted for the final score with a pair of free throws.
Bornemann and Moriarty each finished with a team-high 16 points with Moriarty finishing with a double-double, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Singletary joined her teammates in double figures with 12 points off the bench. For the Beacons, Morrison was joined in double digits by Pina with 13 points and Perra, who finished with 12. Both teams finished even in rebounds at 43 and turnovers at 17.
"This was a good win, we needed to get off the losing skid and this was an important game in the conference standings," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "It's a battle every night where doing the little things are the keys to the game. We stretched their offense and played great team defense with a lot of energy and spirit. Tonight you saw two teams with the same goals and we were able to come out on top."
The Corsairs improved to 10-7 and 3-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 5-13 and 2-6 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salem State Thursday evening. UMass Boston will visit Keene State Saturday.