Corsairs Cage Huskies In OT
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) registered a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team to a 64-59 overtime victory over Little East rival University of Southern Maine this afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The Corsairs (12-9) recorded their first win over the Huskies since Dec. 11, 1999 and just their second victory in 66 all-time meetings. UMass Dartmouth evened its conference mark on the season at 5-5, while Southern Maine slipped to 6-4.
Bornemann posted her sixth double-double of the campaign to lead three Corsairs in double digits in the scoring column. She was also a force on the defensive end of the court with six blocks. Freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) and junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) each poured in 12 points, while freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished with nine points and five boards. Junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) helped UMD match USM production on the glass (50-50) with 10 rebounds.
Junior Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine) led the Huskies with 16 points and nine rebounds, while senior Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) scored 11. Junior Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) turned in a solid performance with 10 points and a game-high seven assists.
Both teams exchanged baskets to open the extra session, but Garrity broke a 52-all tie with a lay-up to provide the Corsairs with a lead they would not relinquish. Southern Maine cut its deficit to one point on the next possession, but Bornemann sank a jumper to maintain the hosts' momentum. Despite the Huskies' answering on their ensuing trip down the court, Brown freed herself just outside the paint to knock down her fourth field goal of the afternoon. UMD was able to get a defensive stop and Bornemann rewarded their effort by making 1-for-2 from the foul line. Both teams were successful on their next trip, but Bornemann gathered a defensive board following a missed 3-pointer and was immediately fouled. She converted on 1-for-2 from the line to push the lead to five, but McNamara responded with a layup. Garrity salted away the crucial conference win by making both of her attempts from the charity stripe.
The Corsairs were able to erase an eight-point halftime deficit with a 10-1 run to open the second half. Bornemann sandwiched a pair of triples between a Garrity layup to whittle the visitors lead to 31-29. UMass Dartmouth was finally able to draw even at the 9:15 mark, when Bornemann hit the front end of her two attempts from the charity stripe. The Corsairs regained their first advantage since the opening minutes of the contest, when Ronaghan converted on a traditional 3-point play and added two foul shots stemming from a USM technical foul to take a four-point lead (45-41) with just over five minutes left on the clock.
Unfazed, the Huskies raced back with four unanswered points to create the fourth tie of the half. Neither team was able to extend its advantage past one possession over the final five minutes. McNamara sank a jumper with 19 seconds to forge the 50-all tie, while Garrity's final attempt of regulation came up short.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, when the Corsairs host Little East intra-state rival University of Massachusetts Boston.