Corsairs Can't Complete Comeback Bid

MILTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team used an 18-5 run to close within one possession, but the Corsairs' comeback bid came up short at Curry College, falling 75-69 this evening in a non-conference contest.

Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) led three UMass Dartmouth (11-9) players in double-digits with 21 points and seven assists. Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) registered 17 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored 11 points. Junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) pulled in 10 boards to help the Corsairs earn a 48-36 advantage on the glass.

Facing a 16-point deficit with five minutes, 35 seconds remaining in regulation, the Corsairs sank four of their next five attempts from behind the 3-point arc to claw their way back into the contest. Bornemann sparked the comeback with a triple, while freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) knocked down a pair of trifectas. Classmate Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) capped the surge with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 71-63.

UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the pressure as Garrity converted a pair of free throws then knocked down a jumper following a Colonels' turnover. Curry went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe, but Fahey hauled in two offensive rebounds and hit a bunny to trim the hosts' lead to one possession, 72-69, with 64 seconds left on the clock.

UMD would not get any closer as the Colonels did not allow their visitors to score another point, while connecting on 3-for-4 down the stretch from the foul line.

The backcourt combination of senior Ashley Assarian and junior Kylie Beltz accounted for 66.7 percent of the Curry offensive output, scoring 25 points each. Assarian connected on all six of her attempts from 3-point range, while Beltz handed out five assists.

The Corsairs shot 33.8 percent (25-for-74) from the field, including 27.6 percent (8-for-29) from downtown range. Curry connected on 43.4 percent (23-for-53) from the floor, including 68.8 percent (11-for-16) from behind the 3-point arc.

UMass Dartmouth will return to Little East Conference action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, when the Corsairs host rival University of Southern Maine (14-6, 6-3).