Jan. 7, 2012
DANBURY, CT- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell to host Western Connecticut, 61-54, in a Little East conference game at the Feldman Arena Saturday evening.
The Colonials jumped out to an early 7-0 lead behind six points from senior guard Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, CT/Griswold HS) in the opening three minutes of play. UMD executed a 20-13 run over the next eight minutes, forcing a 20-20 tie with 9:54 to play in the first half. The teams battled to close out the first half, with three tie scores, but a jumper from UMD junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) in the final seconds gave the Corsairs a 32-31 lead at the half.
Tied at 37-37 with 13:49 to play, WCSU sophomore guard Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, CT/Thomaston HS) nailed a three-pointer that gave the Colonials a lead that they never relinquished. The Colonials pulled away with a 16-7 run over the next seven minutes. The Corsairs outscored the Colonials 10-8 down the stretch, but failed to overcome their deficit en route to a 61-54 loss.
"We were within three with 49 seconds left, but we ended up having to foul at the end," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We didn't shoot well in the second half, and we didn't make enough plays to win. We know what went wrong and we'll be working on that before our next game."
UMass Dartmouth sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the Corsairs with a game-high 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Moriarty added 14 points and six rebounds, while senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Brandt led the way for WCSU with a team-high 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Slonski scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, and senior guard Jackie Zilnicki (Riverhead, NY/Riverhead HS) grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds with eight points. The Corsairs shot 27.5% from the field (19-of-69) during the contest, while the Colonials were 33.8% from the floor (22-of-65). Western Connecticut won the rebounding battle, 57-52.
The Corsairs dropped to 8-4, and 1-2 in the Little East with the loss, while the Colonials improved to 10-3, 2-1 LEC with the win. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday. Western Connecticut will visit Keene State Tuesday.
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