Feb. 7, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell behind early and dropped a 71-45 decision to visiting Keene State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
Keene State opened the game on a 15-4 run over the game's first 7:11, and took a 33-18 lead to the locker room at halftime. The Corsairs could come no closer in the second half.
Keene's 71 points were tallied by a combination of twelve different players. The Owls thrived on their outside shooting, going 10 of 19 from three point range. KSC out rebounded the Corsairs, 48-22, taking advantage of 18 offensive rebounds to create extra opportunities.
"The speed with which they run their offense is outstanding," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "They have a hard-crashing, hard-running, up-tempo team. That was no secret. We knew that going in, but their speed hurt us."
Junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) led the way for UMass Dartmouth with 23 points. Nelson made 9 of 18 field goal attempts, including a three point basket for the second consecutive game. She also had a strong defensive game, with three steals, two blocked shots and three defensive rebounds. Sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) finished off an impressive week of basketball with a twelve point effort, giving her an average of 19.5 points per game for the week.
Kristin Degou led Keene State with 15 points, while Sarah Laudano added 11. Jenn Kinney pulled down 10 rebounds for the Owls.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-17 and 0-9 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 16-4 and 6-3 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader next Tuesday evening. Keene State will host Plymouth State next Tuesday.
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