Castleton State Edges Corsairs 70-62

Castleton State Edges Corsairs 70-62

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team fell to Castleton State College 70-62 in the championship game of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Classic on Saturday afternoon. 

Castleton (2-0) senior guard Alyssa Leonard was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament as she averaged 17 points and seven rebounds in the team's two wins. Leonard led the Spartans to a victory over the Corsairs and a first round win over Framingham State, 71-51. Teammate Jade Desrouche (Berkshire, V.T.) was also honored as she was selected to the All-Tournament team. The junior guard scored a team-high 19 points in the championship game and contributed eight points to go along with nine rebounds in the opening round.   

UMass Dartmouth (1-1) had two players earn All-Tournament honors. Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) recorded a career-best 28 points and grabbed nine boards in the loss to the Spartans. On day one, Ronaghan scored six points and had three rebounds in a lopsided contest against Elms College. Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) averaged 16 points and six rebounds throughout the tournament.    

With 10:47 left in the first half, junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Corsairs a 20-14 advantage. 

UMass Dartmouth had the upper hand throughout the first half, until Corsair guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) jumped for a rebound and came down awkwardly injuring her knee. The junior was helped to the sidelines where she stayed for the remainder of the contest. 

Without Garrity's presence on the court, the Spartans were able to tie the game at 33-33 going into the half. 

The two evenly matched teams traded blows following the intermission, not letting either team generate a commanding lead.  A Desroches long ball sparked an 11-0 run for Castleton with 8:56 left in the regulation, which UMass Dartmouth could not recover from.

The Spartans shot 7-17 from behind the arc and out rebounded the Corsairs by ten caroms. 

UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Tuesday when they play Worcester State at 6 p.m. The site of the game will be at Clark University. The next game for Castleton is on Saturday, November 23 when they host Williams College.