PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) scored 11 of her team-high 17 points to help the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team close its Little East opener on a 16-3 run to rally past home standing Plymouth State University, 52-48, this afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.
Bornemann was 5-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, to lead the Corsairs (5-3, 1-0 LEC) in the scoring column. Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) nearly posted a double-double with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while senior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) handed out five assists.
Trailing 45-36 with seven minutes, 48 seconds remaining in regulation, Bornemann began to assert herself on the offensive end of the court. She connected on each of her three attempts from long range, including giving the visitors their first advantage of the contest (47-45) with 3:45 left on the clock. UMass Dartmouth continued to ride her hot hand down the stretch as Bornemann poured in the Corsairs' final eight points. She knocked down a trifecta with 40 seconds remaining in regulation to provide the Corsairs with a lead they wouldn't relinquish, while sealing the victory with a make from the foul line.
Plymouth State got 13 points from sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) and 10 points from senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.), while junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) scored six points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine) also contributed nine points in the setback.
The Panthers, seeking their first win of the season, never trailed in the first half. PSU stretched its lead to double digits (16-6) six minutes into the half, and reached 11 points (19-8) at its highest margin. UMD battled back to tie the score at 27-all with 2:35 to play. Perry drained a three-pointer and another jumper in the final two minutes to give PSU a five-point margin at the break, 32-27.
Plymouth State maintained the lead for much of the second half, and led by nine points with eight minutes to go. The Corsairs changed their defensive strategy over the final eight minutes, forcing the Panthers to shoot over a zone. UMass Dartmouth's tactics paid off as they held PSU to just three points, while forcing five turnovers and just one field goal.
The Corsairs shot 29.4 percent (15-for-51) from the floor, while limiting Plymouth State to 34.5 percent (19-for-55). Despite its rough shooting, UMass Dartmouth was able to get to the foul line, converting on 77.3 percent (17-for-22). The Panthers won the rebounding battle (42-38) and caused 22 UMD turnovers.
The Corsairs will return to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, when UMass Dartmouth hosts Johnson & Wales (R.I.) in a non-conference contest to close out the first semester.