NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting UMass Boston, 71-59, in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The win was the 19th of the season for the Corsairs and set a school record. It also sets up a semi-final date against Western Connecticut this Friday.
The Corsairs held a 32-25 advantage at halftime as junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the first half charge with 15 points while canning four three pointers. UMass Boston kept pace thanks to the offensive duo of freshman Olivia Murphy (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and sophomore center Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, MA/North Reading HS) who combined for 23 points on 11 of 20 from the field. Beacons sophomore Lauren Perra (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) added the other bucket.
Corsairs senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) was held scoreless for the first 31 minutes of play but was picked up teammates senior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville) who joined Bornemann with double digits in the scoring column, contributing 12 points and 14 points respectively.
A Perra three ball from the wing would cut the Corsair advantage to 56-51 with 5:31 to go in the contest but that was as close as the Beacons would get as Moriarty drained a pair of free throws and Bornemann hit a free throw and a jumper in the lane to push the lead back to 10 points at 61-51 with just under three minutes to play.
The Corsairs would make 10 out of 18 free throws in the last two minutes. Freshman guard Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) calmly sank 8 of 10 from the charity stripe to ice the game for UMass Dartmouth.
"We expected a battle tonight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Thankfully, we had people step up tonight like Shannon, Kelsey and Erika. I told the team that this was a good opportunity in front of us. Putting records and seeding aside, playoffs are playoffs. We want to win twenty games and advance to the LEC finals. It is very rewarding to see how far the program has come in five years."
Bornemann finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with a game-high 18 rebounds. Murphy finished with 21 points and 15 boards and Morrison ended up with 20 points.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 19-7 with the victory, while UMass Boston fell to 15-12 with the defeat.
The Corsairs advance to a semi-final game against Western Connecticut at the Final Four this Friday evening. The game marked the final action of the season for the Beacons.
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