January 18, 2014

Corsairs Use 2nd Half Surge To Outlast Owls, 70-57

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball utilized a 16-0 run in the latter stages of the second half to lift the Corsairs past Little East rival Keene State College, 70-57, this afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.

UMass Dartmouth won its third consecutive conference contest to raise its overall record to 9-5 and 3-2 in the Little East. Keene State slipped to 8-6 and 1-4 in the conference circuit.

Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored a game-high 17 points, on 5-for-11 from the field, to lead three players in double figures. Ronaghan also pulled in eight rebounds and redirected five Owl attempts. Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) registered 14 points off the bench.

The Corsairs broke open a closely contested contest with 12 minutes remaining in regulation, turning a two-point lead into a 17-point advantage. Leading 51-49, junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) connected on a jumper to spark the surge. Bornemann recorded six points during the nine-minute stretch, while Ronaghan chipped in with four points. The Owls responded with four quick points, but freshman Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) eliminated any thoughts of a comeback with a 3-pointer to provide UMass Dartmouth with the final margin of victory.

The Corsairs featured a stifling defensive attack in the second half, limiting Keene State to just nine field goals, including 0-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc, and 29 percent from the floor.

In a nip-and-tuck first 20 minutes of action, neither team was able to build a lead larger than five points. The Owls snapped a 24-all deadlock with eight minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the stanza with a 3-pointer from Jovan Kingwood followed by a jumper from Ryanne Williams to give the visitors their largest lead of the contest. UMass Dartmouth closed out the stanza with seven unanswered points, capped by a 3-point from Brown, to enter the intermission with a 37-34 lead.

Christan Wojtas paced Keene State with 15 points, including three triples, while Kelsey Cognetta joined her in double figures with 10 points. Carly Kiernan hauled in eight rebounds, while Stephanie D'Annotto handed out five assists.

The Corsairs shot 36.2 percent (25-for-69) from the field, including 33.3 percent (9-for-27) from behind the 3-point arc. The Owls converted on 30 percent (21-for-70) of their attempts from the floor, including just 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from downtown. The hosts owned a slight edge on the glass, out rebounding their visitors 51-49.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, when the Corsairs travel to Little East foe University of Massachusetts Boston (10-5, 2-3 LEC). Keene State will also be in action that evening at 5:30 p.m., when the Owls visit Eastern Connecticut State University (11-4, 4-1 LEC).