Corsairs Cruise Past Judges, 71-60

WALTHAM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team opened the contest with a 15-2 run to lead from wire-to-wire this evening at Red Auerbach Arena, cruising past Brandeis University, 71-60.

Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) piloted the Corsairs' (4-3) attack with 21 points and five assists. Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) netted 15 points and pulled in seven rebounds, while classmate Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) also reached double digits in the scoring column with a career-high 14 points. Junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) collected a season-best 10 rebounds to give the Corsairs a 42-40 edge on the glass.

UMass Dartmouth started strong out of the gate, connecting on its first two attempts from behind the three-point arc to jump out to an early 6-2 advantage. The Corsairs raised their lead from the foul line as Garrity and Ronaghan each knocked down a pair. Junior Meghan Keohane (Mansfield, Mass.) capped the surge with a pair of jumpers to give the visitors a 15-2 advantage with 13:10 remaining on the clock. The Judges stemmed the tide with a field goal, but UMass Dartmouth scored seven straight points to balloon its advantage to 15 points.

The Corsairs held a double-digit lead until Brandeis (2-4) used an 11-2 run to whittle its deficit to 31-25 with under a minute remaining in the half. Garrity converted on a traditional 3-point play, while sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) closed the stanza with a jumper to give the visitors a 36-26 lead entering the intermission.

UMass Dartmouth began to run its offense through Ronaghan in the second half as she scored 11 of her 15 points. The latest New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Rookie of the Week recorded nine of 10 points during a five and half minute span in the middle of the second half to provide UMD with a 50-36 advantage with eight minutes, 53 seconds remaining in regulation.

Freshman Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) sealed the victory from the charity stripe, when she connected on six straight attempts to give the visitors their largest lead of the contest, 66-48, with just over three minutes remaining on the clock. The Corsairs did not relinquish their double-digit lead over the final three minutes.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, when the Corsairs open their 2013 Little East Conference schedule at Plymouth State University (0-5).