Jan. 10, 2012
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 79-61, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs used a 17-6 run to open the second half, turning a seven point advantage into their largest lead of the contest, 53-35, with 13:09 to play. UMass Dartmouth capitalized on a well-balanced attack as five different players scored during the run. Junior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) came off the bench to score five points, junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) each had four points, and senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) and freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) each chipped in with a basket.
The Warriors would get as close as ten points, answering back with a 13-5 run of their own. Junior guard Samantha Riccio (Avon, CT/Avon HS) started things with a three-pointer from the wing and ended it by matching a UMD junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Salem St) three from the top of the key with one of her own.
ECSU would get no closer, as the Corsairs dominated the boards in the second half (22-14) both offensively and defensively, leading to high percentage second chances for them and limited opportunities for the Warriors.
"We had a hot-shooting second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We got a lot of good looks and a lot of breakaway lay ups. We kept our turnovers down and had some nice balance with our scoring. We are happy to be 2-2 in the conference."
UMass Dartmouth, which had 10 players enter the scoring column, was led by Moriarty and Bornemann, who each had 14 points, Garrity with 12 points and Singletary with nine points on four of five shooting from the field. Bornemann pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass for a double-double. Garrity dished out a game-high nine assists. The Warriors were led by a double-double performance from freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield, CT/New Fairfield HS) who poured in a game-high 22 points to go along with 11 boards. Riccio finished the game with 11 points.
For the game, the Corsairs out-rebounded the Warriors, 43-36. UMD also had 21 assists as a team while only turning the ball over nine times.
The Corsairs improved to 9-4 and 2-2 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Warriors dropped to 5-7 and 2-2 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. Eastern Connecticut will host Maine-Presque Isle Thursday evening. UMASS DARTMOUTH BASKETBALL