PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated host Plymouth State, 69-47, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Foley Gymnasium Saturday.
The Corsairs won their fourth straight contest overall and second straight conference game as they won by double figures for the fourth time this season.
The Corsairs came out hot, opening the game on a 23-7 run over the first 12 minutes of the half. UMass Dartmouth scored the first 13 points of the game, capped by a pair of free throws by freshman guard Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) just over five minutes into the contest.
The Corsairs defense came to play as well forcing 11 turnovers in the first half and holding the Panthers scoreless for the first five minutes.
The Corsairs never trailed and controlled the pace of the play and tempo throughout the contest.
Offensively, senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the charge for Corsairs once again scoring a game-high 15 points. Moriarty continues to impress as she led UMD in scoring for the third straight contest. Castantini was the only other Corsair in double figures as she scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting, while knocking down a pair of treys. Meghan Faretra led Plymouth State with nine points.
"We raced out to a fast start, we were game ready, both mentally and physically," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "All 15 players saw minutes. Our focus was excellent which was important as we continue this 11-day, five-game stretch. We took care of business today."
UMD made 30 of 73 shots from the field for 41.4 per cent, while holding PSU to 18 of 61 shots for 31.1 per cent, and out rebounded the Panthers, 56-35.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-1 and 2-0 in the LEC with the victory, while Plymouth State dropped to 1-6and 0-2 in the LEC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Johnson & Wales Monday evening. The Panthers will host Emerson Tuesday.