Jan. 24, 2009
DANBURY, CT-Host Western Connecticut State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 34-5 in the final 13 minutes of the first half and defeated the Corsairs, 76-39, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Feldman Arena Saturday.
The Corsairs got two free throws and a jump shot from junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) and three consecutive jumpers from senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) to take a 10-6 lead with 13:24 to play in the first half. The Colonials then scored 34 of the next 39 points to take a 40-15 lead at halftime, and maintained their lead for the remainder of the game.
Nelson led UMass Dartmouth with 13 points, Andruszkiewicz added 11 and sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) contributed 10. Senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) added five points and four assists.
Isabella Henry led the Colonials with 13 points, Katie Moffo had 12, and Stacey Roberts added 11 as all14 WCSU players who saw action scored. Nelson grabbed eight rebounds for UMD, but the Corsairs were out rebounded, 52-24, with the Colonials grabbing 24 offensive rebounds.
"When you give up as many offensive rebounds as we did, and turn the ball over 22 times against a deep and talented team, the result isn't going to be in your favor," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Western Connecticut is a very good team, and you have to give them all the credit. They did what the needed to do. We didn't keep them off the boards, and we didn't do a good enough job of taking care of the ball."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-14 and 0-7 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while WCSU improved to 13-3 and 6-1. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening.
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