Huskies Race Past Corsairs
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the University of Southern Maine handed the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth a 78-54 setback this afternoon in a Little East women's basketball contest at Hill Gymnasium.
The Corsairs (7-5) suffered their second straight conference loss to slip to 1-2 in the circuit, while the Huskies (9-4) captured their second consecutive Little East victory to raise their mark to 2-1.
Bornemann recorded her fourth double-double of the season to lead UMass Dartmouth. Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) also reached double digits in scoring with 11 points, while handing out a team-best three assists. Freshman guard Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) registered season-highs in rebounds (5) and steals (4), while also chipping in with eight points.
Senior Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) led four Southern Maine players in double figures in scoring with a game-high 17 points, on 7-for-19 from the field. Sophomore Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) and classmate Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine) each scored 14 points, while senior Hannah Fenwick (Topsham, Maine) netted 12 points. Pelletier pulled in eight rebounds, while McNamara dished out six helpers.
The Corsairs cracked the scoring column just eight seconds into regulation, when Bornemann converted a layup to take their only advantage of the contest. McNamara answered with the first of her three triples to provide the Huskies with a lead they would not relinquish. Southern Maine began to build momentum three minutes into the game with a mini 6-0 run, capped by a McNamara jumper. Unfazed, the visitors scored seven of the next nine points to whittle their deficit to 14-12. UMass Dartmouth would not get any closer as Southern Maine utilized a decisive 18-3 surge to build a commanding lead. The Huskies, on the strength of Anderson's 12 first half points, took a 41-21 advantage into the locker room.
Southern Maine began to run its offensive through Pelletier in the early stages of the second stanza and she delivered with five consecutive points, capped by a traditional 3-point play to extend the hosts' lead to 46-24. The Corsairs were able to trim their deficit to 15 points on three occasions, but the Huskies responded to the final surge with an 8-2 run to take a 21-point advantage. Southern Maine would not let its lead dip below 20 points for the remaining eight minutes of regulation.
The Huskies out rebounded the Corsairs 44-38, while also winning the turnover battle (20-14).
UMass Dartmouth will return to Little East Conference action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when the Corsairs host Eastern Connecticut State University (10-3, 3-0).