Feb. 6, 2010
GORHAM, ME-Host Southern Maine built a 10-point halftime lead and held off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 63-56, in the first game of a Little East Conference game at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium Saturday.
The Huskies used a 14-3 run at the start of the second half to build a 43-27 advantage with 17:16 remaining. The Corsairs came back, outscoring USM, 20-7 during the next 11:14 to close to within three points at 50-47 with 5:48 to play. Junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) hit a lay-up that cut the deficit to six points, and senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) finished the surge with a three-point play. USKM then scored 12 of the next 16 points to take a 62-51 lead with 37 seconds left.
Freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS), DeAmato and freshman guard Nicole Marotta connected for UMass Dartmouth in the early moments of the game as the teams were even at 7-7 with 13:15 remaining in the first half. The Huskies scored the next seven points to take the lead for good. Southern Maine built a 13-point lead, but UMD got a lay-up by junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/ Barnstable) and a pair of free throws from Malloy in the final minutes of the first half to close to within 10 points at the intermission.
Freshman guard Jessica Howlett (North Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 13 points; Malloy added 12 and Marotta contributed 10. Curran Leighton led all scorers with 25 points, while Haley Johnson scored 14 and added 16 rebounds for a double double. Ashmeade had eight rebounds for the Corsairs, who out rebounded USM, 38-37. The Huskies made 42 per cent of their shots to 34.9 per cent for UMass Dartmouth, and made 18 of 26 shots from the free throw line to eight of 15 for the Corsairs.
"Our perimeter defense was decent, but we weren't physical enough inside," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Southern Maine's post players hurt us. They got a lot of lay-ups, and those and the free throws they made accounted for the separation. We battled them throughout, and I was pleased that we were able to come back from a 16 point deficit. We just weren't able to handle them inside."
The Corsairs dropped to 8-13 and 3-7 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Huskies improved to 14-7 and 6-4 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening.