Brown Powers Corsairs Past Panthers, 85-45
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) came off the bench to produce a game-high 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists to power the Corsairs past Plymouth State University, 85-45, this afternoon in a Little East women's basketball contest at the Tripp Athletic Center.
UMass Dartmouth (11-6, 4-3) featured a well-balanced scoring attack as 10 of its 11 student-athletes cracked the scoring column. Brown was 5-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc, to lead four players in double digits. Sophomore Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) scored 12 points, while freshman Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) made three triples late in the second half to account for nine of her 11 points. Classmate Meghan Ronaghan (North Attletboro, Mass.) rounded out the Corsair contingent in double figures with 10 points. Castantini and junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) each gathered eight rebounds to help UMD hold a commanding 50-29 advantage on the glass.
UMass Dartmouth charged out of the gates with a 10-0 run to seize control of the contest. The Panthers (2-13, 1-6) were held without a point for the first eight minutes before Corliss connected from downtown. Plymouth State scored eight of the next 10 points to trim its deficit to four points (12-8). Brown poured in the next eight Corsair points to extend the lead back to double digits. UMass Dartmouth used an 8-2 surge to take its largest advantage of the half (30-13), capped by a Brown 3-pointer. The hosts surrendered their lowest amount of points in a half to enter the intermission with a 33-18 advantage.
The Corsairs continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second stanza as Castantini book-ended a 6-2 run to give the hosts a 21-point lead (41-20). UMass Dartmouth maintained a 20-point advantage from the 16:49 mark, and the Corsair reserves closed the contest with an 11-0 run to create the final margin of victory.
Senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.) paced the Panthers with a team-high 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Sophomore Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) and senior Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine) each chipped in with six points.
The Corsairs shot 48.6 percent (34-for-70) from the field, including 36.4 percent (8 –for-22) from downtown. UMD limited Plymouth State to 30 percent (34-for-70) from the floor and caused 15 turnovers.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, when the Corsairs travel to Little East frontrunner Rhode Island College (12-5, 6-1). Plymouth State will also be in action on Tuesday night, when the Panthers host intra-state rival Keene State College (9-7, 2-5).