Jan. 26, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Rhode Island College defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 63-49, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Rhode Island College junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT/Bunnell) capped a 16-3 run to open the second half with a three pointer that gave RIC a 47-27 lead. The Corsairs battled back with a run of their own, getting three 3-pointers from senior guard Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS), three jump shots from sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and a steal and layup by senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) to cut Rhode Island College's advantage to 53-44 with 6:31 left in the contest. But they could get no closer. After a RIC timeout, Boyd answered with a three from straightaway and another from the wing around a free throw from junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) that swelled the lead back to fourteen points at 59-45 with just under four minutes to play.
"We fell victim to a deeper team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We struggled offensively in moving the ball. We were not as aggressive as we needed to be. We need to penetrate the zone more to get more touches in the post and to get to the free throw line."
The Corsairs had a 19-18 advantage with 8:16 left in the first half, but the Anchorwomen came back, using a 13-5 run to take a 31-24 lead at halftime. Freshman guard Stephanie Coro (Willimantic, CT/Windham) ignited the run with a three-pointer and senior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI/Cumberland) sandwiched three jumpers around a Coro layup to propel Rhode Island College into the locker room. Sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) led the Corsairs at the break with nine points.
Ashmeade led UMass Dartmouth and all scorers with 18 points, Andruszkiewicz added 15, and Nelson contributed 8. The Anchorwomen, who had four players in double figures, were led by freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI/Coventry) with 15 points, Boyd added 13, Martin chipped in with 12 and Coro had 11. Riley pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds for RIC while Nelson grabbed 10 rebounds and Ashmeade had seven for the Corsairs, who lost the battle of the boards, 31-28.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-13 and 0-6 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while RIC improved to 7-9 and 3-3. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Anchorwomen will host UMass Boston Saturday.