Sophomore Erika Bornemann
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Keene State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 13-4, at the outset of the second half, built a 10-point lead and held on to defeat the Corsairs, 77-65, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
Leading by a point at halftime, 36-35, the Owls got three layups and three free throws from senior forward Courtney Cirillo (Windsor Locks, CT/Windsor Locks HS) in the decisive run, which ended with KSC ahead, 49-39, with 13:17 remaining.
The Corsairs came back, whittling the Keene State lead to five points at 63-58 with 4:16 left after a layup and subsequent three-point play by junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS). However, UMD could come no closer, as the Owls solidified their lead by making 14 of 16 free throws during the final 4:02. Keene State made 28 of 30 free throws, including 21 of 23 during the second half.
Sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 19 points, junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) added 14, senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) added 11, and freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) contributed 10.
Cirillo was perfect in 17 free throw attempts and led all scorers with 29 points. Senior guard Meghan Farrell (Chester, VT/Green Mountain College) added 19, while senior guard Niki Cote (Ashford, CT/E.O. Smith HS added 13).
Bornemann led the Corsairs with nine rebounds, while Cirillo grabbed 13 as Keene State out rebounded UMass Dartmouth, 43-41.
"We played hard today, but we just put Keene on the free throw line too many times," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "That was the biggest difference in the game, along with our not so perfect shooting performance. We looked better than we did in the last couple of games, but we just didn't do enough to win. We will come back next week and look ahead to the rest of our schedule."
The Corsairs dropped to 9-7 and 2-5 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 10-5 and 5-2 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Keene State will visit Eastern Connecticut Tuesday evening.