NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell, 82-61, to visiting Southern Maine, who is ranked 13th nationally, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
A three pointer by Huskies senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, ME/Deering HS) tied the game 3-3, and opened the floodgates for Southern Maine, as they went on a 22-8 run to take a commanding 25-11 lead they would never relinquish.
Southern Maine took a 37-23 lead into the intermission, led by 11 points from Garland and 14 points from senior forward Haley Jordan (Falmouth, ME/Falmouth HS). The Huskies defense held the Corsairs to just 31. 3 per cent from the field and clamped down on senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS), forcing her into a one for 11 first half performance.
Moriarty would find her stroke in the second half and brought the Corsairs to within nine points at 41-32 with 17:13 to play but it would be as close as they would get as Garland canned another three to cap an 18-8 run and put the Huskies ahead comfortably at 59-40.
"We didn't match up well with Southern Maine," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We came out in a zone but were not attentive to their outside shooters. They were the better team and proved why they are undefeated, but there were things we could have done to keep the game closer. We have to keep our head up and remember that we are a good team. We have to get over the hurdle of mental toughness."
Southern Maine had four players in double figures. Jordan finished with a game-high 24 points, Garland was right behind with 23 points, sophomore forward and University of Maine transfer Rebecca Knight (York, ME/York) poured in 18 points and senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, NH/Concord) added 10 points.
The Corsairs were led by Moriarty, who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville) was the only other Corsair in double figures with 11 points.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 11-3 and 3-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Southern Maine improved to 15-0 and 5-0 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. The Huskies will host UMass Boston Tuesday.