PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team outscored host Rhode Island College, 8-2, in overtime and held off the Anchorwomen, 60-57, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.
The Anchorwomen, who tied the game at 50-50 on Ashley O'Dell's three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in regulation time, scored the first five points of overtime before UMD freshman guard Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) broke the string with a jumper. Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton High) rebounded sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity's (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) missed layup and connected with 1:54 remaining, then senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton High) hit a layup 30 seconds later to put UMass Dartmouth on top for good.
Garrity's long jumper with 55 seconds left made it 58-55, and after Vandell Andrade scored for RIC with 33 seconds left, Garrity hit another jumper with 20 seconds remaining to account for the final score. The Anchorwomen got the ball back, and O'Dell missed a pair of three-point tries before time expired.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton High) led the Corsairs in scoring, making 10 of 16 shots from the field and finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds for a double double. Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) had 11 points and 11 rebounds for another double double, while freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington HS) also contributed 11 points.
"We battled tonight, leaving it all out on the court," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Kelsey took a hard foul and her return was questionable near the end of regulation. She hit two huge shots down the stretch in overtime. We weren't flawless, but we fought every step of the way."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 16-6 and 6-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Rhode Island College fell to 13-9 and 6-5 in LEC action with the defeat. The win marked UMD's highest victory total since they won 18 games during the 1997-98 season.
The Corsairs will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday on Senior Day. Rhode Island College will host Southern Maine Saturday.
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