NEWPORT, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored host Salve Regina in the second half, 34-20, and came from behind to defeat the Seahawks, 67-54, in a non-conference game at the Rodgers recreation Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs trailed by a point at halftime, but senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) scored the first points of the second half to give UMD a lead they would not relinquish.
Freshman guard Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) sandwiched a pair of baskets around a jump shot and a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) as the Corsairs seized a 45-37 advantage early in the second half. UMass Dartmouth continued to increase their lead, and the Seahawks never threatened again.
Moriarty made 13 of 20 shots from the field for a season-best 26 points, adding 13 rebounds for a double double. Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) had 11 points and 15 rebounds for her own double double, Castantini had a career-best 15 points, while Garrity added 11 points and seven assists. Meaghan Harden led SRU with 17 points, while Kaitlyn Lendrum added 12.
"We headed out on the road tonight, and doing so always presents challenges to a visiting team, we were up and down, but we found a way to finish strong," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Colleen was dominant inside, showing maturity and finesse. Overall, our offensive execution was solid. Defensively, we had breakdowns early, but dug our heels in, made adjustments, and kept Salve from shooting well. Being down 10 early was a good test for our team, especially with several freshmen in the game at once. I'm pleased with the way we responded to Salve's intense defensive effort. We are eager to get back to LEC play this weekend."
UMD made 29 of 70 shots from the field for 41.4 per cent, while holding SRU to 18 of 64 shots for 28.1 per cent, and outrebounded the Seahawks, 51-41.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-1 with the victory, while Salve Regina dropped to 1-5 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Seahawks will host Westfield State Saturday.