Colleen Moriarty Signs to Play With New England Thunder

Colleen Moriarty Signs to Play With New England Thunder

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - A member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team has signed to continue her basketball career.

Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS), who just finished her four-year career with the Corsairs this spring, has signed to play for the New England Thunder of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. The Thunder are based in Brockton, MA and include some of the most talented women's basketball players in New England and the Northeast. The WBCBL includes nearly 50 teams across the nation and has had more than 15 players graduate to professional contracts to play overseas in the past year.

Moriarty, who named All-Northeast Region by the New England Women's Basketball Association, was also named first team All-Little East Conference, LEC Player of the Year, ECAC All-Region and was selected to participate in the NEWBA Senior All-Star Game.

Moriarty led the LEC in scoring (19 points per game) and blocked shots (two per game), while ranking third in field goal percentage (49.4 percent) and sixth in rebounds (8.3 per game). Moriarty started every game for the Corsairs, scored in double figures on 26 occasions, and scored 20 or more points 12 times. Her career high of 35 points against Plymouth State January 26th allowed her to become the sixth Corsair to pass the 1000 points mark, and she finished her UMD career with 1174 points."

After finishing this season, I knew I wanted to continue playing basketball somehow," said Moriarty." I am really excited and honored to be able to have this opportunity to continue playing at such a competitive level. I just wanted to thank my coaches, teammates, family, and friends for all their love and support they have given me throughout my career and I hope to continue to make them proud."

"I'm elated that Colleen has the opportunity to continue playing competitive basketball alongside outstanding talent," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis."She will be challenged and continue to develop her game. I witnessed her play her best basketball for us this season. I believe she is just hitting her stride and has yet to peak as an athlete. I am confident she will have an impact at the semi-professional level."

Moriarty is one of 15 players for the Thunder, who will be coached by Stephen Julien. Their schedule will be released soon.