Jan. 23, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored visiting Plymouth State, 10-4, down the stretch and held off the Panthers, 80-70, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs, who led, 70-66 with 2:10 to go, got a pair of free throws from junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) to take a six-point lead. After senior forward Laura Kent (Bellingham, MA/Bellingham HS) replied in kind for PSU, senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/ Salve Regina) and Kent traded lay-ups to make it 74-70, UMD, with 1:07 remaining. After failing to score, the Panthers were forced to foul, and sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS//Bridgewater State) connected on a pair of free throws and DeAmato added four more to seal the verdict.
UMass Dartmouth used an early 16-5 run to take a 19-9 lead midway through the first half. Nelson began and ended the run with a pair of jumpers, DeAmato contributed a three-point play, and junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/ Barnstable), senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy), freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and freshman guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) each contributed two points. Senior guard Kalie Judd (Peabody, MA/Veterans Memorial HS) nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to five points with 8:48 remaining, and a layup-up by Moriarty accounted for the final points of the half with 31 seconds to play.
DeAmato had 20 points to lead a balanced attack that saw five Corsairs in double figures. Her line included 14 successful free throws without a miss. Ashmeade added 17 points, Houtman contributed 13, Nelson had 12 and Moriarty added 10. Four Panthers reached double figures, with Judd and junior forward Amanda Kania (Manchester, NH/West HS) each scoring 18 points, sophomore forward Alicia Doucet (Manchester, NH/Central HS) adding 14 and Kent 10. Nelson had 10 rebounds for a double double, while Kent and Kania each had seven for PSU as UMass Dartmouth out rebounded PSU, 37-35. The Corsairs made 46.4 per cent of their shots, including 59.1 per cent in the second half, while limiting Plymouth State to 32.8 per cent.
"I was very pleased with the way we played today, it was a good team effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We limited their second chances, did a good job defending the three-point shot, and got to the foul line by being aggressive and attacking the basket. I was proud of the way we withstood Plymouth State when they made a late push. We stayed poised at the end. It was good to get our second consecutive conference win, and hopefully, this will give us the momentum we need to continue being successful."
The Corsairs improved to 7-10 and 2-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Panthers dropped to 13-5 and 3-4 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Plymouth State will host Keene State Tuesday evening.