KEENE, NH-Host Keene State raced out to a 35-17 lead and went on to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 71-60, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday.
The Owls, who led all the way, scored 18 of the game's first 21 points, building an 18-3 lead with 12:46 left in the first half.
The Corsairs got a basket from sophomore forward Erin Fahey (Salem, MA/St. Mary's (Lynn) HS), a three-pointer from junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and another bucket from senior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) to cut the lead to 20-10, but Keene State maintained their sizable advantage for the rest of the first half.
UMass Dartmouth rallied in the second half, getting a late basket from senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS), a three-pointer from freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington HS) and a jumper from Bornemann to cut the Owls' advantage to cut the KSC lead to 62-54 with 2:52 remaining. But Keene State made nine of their final 10 free throws down the stretch to cement their victory.
Kane led UMD with 14 points, Bornemann added 13 and Moriarty had 12. Siobhan Carnell of KSC made 12 of 17 field goals and all 10 of her free throws for a game-high 34 points, while Christin Wojtas added 10. Moriarty and Courtney Roberts of the Owls each had 10 rebounds as Keene State out rebounded UMass Dartmouth, 49-39.
"We were out worked and out played by the Owls in every phase of the game, I'm disappointed with our performance, and it is critical we all take responsibility for our preparation moving forward," said UMass Dartmouth Amanda Van Voorhis. "We need to play better and coach better to win at this level. Carnell had a tremendous game, and we couldn't find a solution to cool her down."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 12-4 and 4-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 7-9 and 2-5 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. The Owls will host Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday.