DANBURY, CT-Host Western Connecticut State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team, 31-4, during a period of 12 minutes and 26 seconds spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 74-48, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Feldman Arena Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth took the early lead in the first half, leading early 11-5 and holding a 21-15 advantage with 6:59 left in the first half. But the Colonials outscored UMD, 16-2 during the remainder of the first half to take a 31-23 halftime lead.
Western Connecticut scored the first seven points of the second half, then used an 8-2 run to build a 46-25 lead with 14:33 remaining.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton High) led the Corsairs in scoring, making 11 of 20 shots from the field and scoring 31 of UMass Dartmouth's 48 points. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which Moriarty had scored 20 or more points, and she has scored 139 points during the past five games and averaging 27.8 points per game during that period. She now has 1086 points for her career. Moriarty was the only Corsair in double figures, and she also grabbed 12 rebounds for a double double.
Caroline Brasa led the Colonials with 21 points; Carly Murphy added 15 and Jackie Zilnicki contributed 11. Brasa had 10 rebounds as Western Connecticut out rebounded UMD, 49-36.
"Western's defense was disruptive to our flow," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Other than Colleen, we had zero production. We didn't compete today."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 15-6 and 5-5 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Western Connecticut State improved to 16-5 and 8-2 in LEC action with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Western Connecticut will visit Eastern Connecticut Tuesday.
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