Bridgewater State Outlasts Corsairs, 99-86

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Senior forward Megan Boutilette (Charlton, Mass.) posted a double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Bridgewater State University to a 99-86 non-league win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team on Sunday evening at the Tinsley Center.

Bridgewater State climbs to 3-2 on the season, while UMass Dartmouth slips to an overall record of 3-3.

Boutilette also added six assists, two blocks and two steals to her game-high scoring and rebounding totals.  The forward connected on 11 of 17 field goal attempts and grabbed seven of her 16 caroms came on the offensive end.

Four other Bear players reached double digit point totals. Senior guard Elisha Homich (Ludlow, Mass.) generated 18 points, six assists, and four steals. Classmate Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.) chipped in with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Senior guard Colleen Hanscom (Methuen, Mass.) added ten points and five rebounds, while junior guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, Mass.) came off the bench to add 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes of action. 

Junior guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) paced the Corsairs with 20 points, five rebounds and a game-high eight assists.  Freshman forward Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) added 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two blocks, while freshman guard Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) notched ten points, three assists and two steals. 

Sophomore guard Marisa McCabe (Cedar Grove, N.J.) and freshman guard Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) both played very well off the bench for UMass Dartmouth.  McCabe tallied 16 points, six boards, four assists, two blocks and three steals in 29 minutes as she was 4-for-5 from three points range.  Hochwarter finished with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting from behind the arc in 25 minutes.

In the first seven minutes of play, Bridgewater State jumped out to a 19-4 lead, holding the Corsairs to just two field goals. UMass Dartmouth retaliated with a 21-9 run of their own, sparked by sharp shooting from behind the arc. The Corsairs made 8 of 9 shots over the four-minute span and drained five three-pointers.  Garrity's trifecta at the 9:11 mark cut the deficit to 27-25.

Bridgewater State responded with a 13-3 run over the next 4 minutes to reclaim their double-digit advantage. The Bears took a 51-44 lead into the intermission.

Bridgewater State was able to increase their advantage to 14 points on a Daigle layup with 12:45 remaining in the second half.  A 13-1 UMass Dartmouth run over the next 2:47 highlighted by a pair of Brown trifectas made it a two-point game as the game clock ticked under ten minutes.

Bridgewater State, however, answered with a 14-2 run of its own over a three-minute stretch and the Corsairs were unable to recover.  Homich drained a pair of three-pointers and notched two assists and a steal during the spurt, while freshman guard Jennie Lindland (Edgartown, Mass.) added four points on a pair of driving layups.

The Corsairs shot 13-28 from three, while the Bears shot 21-26 from the charity stripe compared to 7-11 from the visitors.  

UMass Dartmouth returns to play when they travel to Brandeis University on Tuesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference matchup.