January 21, 2014

UMass Dartmouth Suffers Setback At UMass Boston

BOSTON – University of Massachusetts Boston sophomore Olivia Murphy produced a double-double with a team-high 32 points and 19 rebounds to power the Beacons past Little East intra-state rival University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 70-55, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center.

The Beacons (11-5) moved into a fourth place tie with the Corsairs (9-6) in the conference standings with a 3-3 mark.

UMass Boston dominated the low blocks, scoring 40 of its 70 points in the paint. The Beacons held a decisive 55-32 advantage on the glass, including 18 offensive boards that led to 19-second chance points. Murphy converted on 13-for-21 from the field to register a season-high 32 points en route to her 13th double-double of the campaign. Junior Kirsten Morrison netted eight points and pulled in five boards, while Mallory Nelson also chipped in with eight points. Andrea Suffredini handed out a game-high eight assists.

Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) and freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) came off the bench to combine for 29 points. Bornemann paced UMass Dartmouth with 17 points, while Brown scored 12. Junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) recorded a season-high eight points. The hosts limited the Corsairs' starting five to a total of 18 points.

UMass Boston led from wire-to-wire this evening as the hosts jumped out to an early 11-2 advantage, capped by eight unanswered points from Murphy. The visitors closed the gap to seven points, but the Beacons utilized a 10-2 surge to balloon their advantage to 15 points. Shelby Buck fueled the run with back-to-back 3-pointers, while Suffredini completed the surge by hitting the first of two attempts from the foul line.

The Corsairs began to find their offensive rhythm over the final five minutes of the first half. Brown sparked a 10-0 run with a pair of makes from the charity stripe and a 3-pointer, while freshman Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) connected from long range to trim UMD's deficit to 25-20. Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) tossed in a layup to cut UMB's lead to two points, but Jordan Chantel drained a triple to give the Beacons a 30-25 halftime advantage.

UMass Boston opened the second stanza with a 6-0 run to regain its double digit lead, but UMass Dartmouth countered with nine straight points to whittle its deficit to one possession, 37-34. Brown was the offensive catalyst with five points, while Bornemann converted on 4-for-6 from the foul line.

The visitors would not get any closer as the Beacons used a 15-4 run to regain control of the contest. Murphy registered seven points during the critical stretch, while Morrison poured in five points. The Corsairs cut their deficit to nine points on three different occasions, but could not solve UMass Boston's superior post play.

UMass Dartmouth connected on just 30 percent (18-for-60) from the field, including 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from 3-point range. The Beacons shot 41.7 percent (25-for-60) from the floor and 36.4 percent (4-for-11) from behind the 3-point arc.

The Corsairs return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, when UMass Dartmouth hosts Little East foe Plymouth State University (2-12, 1-5 LEC).