Feb. 10, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College built a double-digit lead in the second half and held off a late rally to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 58-52, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.
The Anchorwonen, who led at halftime, 30-22, scored 12 of the first 14 points after the halftime break to take 40-24 lead with 15:20 remaining. The Corsairs came right back, getting a pair of jumpers from sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and a three-pointer from senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) to cut the lead to 42-34 with 9:09 to play.
Alice Mullen and Tyla Martin converted from three-point range as Rhode Island College increased its advantage to a dozen points a minute later, and LaSheena Boyd's layup made it 56-42, RIC, with 4:39 to play before UMass Dartmouth rallied.
Senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) converted a layup, freshman guard Rayven Tillman (Plymouth, MA/Sturgis Charter HS) made a pair of free throws, and junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) hit a three-pointer to bring the Corsairs back. Nelson's trey was the final score of the game, as UMD could get no closer than six points before time expired.
RIC scored the first 10 points of the game and led, 15-3, before UMass Dartmouth rallied. A 14-6 Corsair run, capped by Malloy's layup, made it 21-17 with 4:17 left, and Cassi Malec's three-pointer in the waning seconds of the first half left the Anchorwomen with an eight-point advantage at halftime.
Nelson led UMD with a double double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Ashmeade and Malloy each scored 11 points, with Malloy adding four steals. Rachel Riley led RIC with 16 points, while Mullen added 13. Riley had 11 rebounds for a double double as the Anchorwomen out rebounded the Corsairs, 45-37.
"They came out strong in the second half, we did make up some ground, but we fell short," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We had a few too many defensive lulls, and they had a flurry of offensive rebounds in the second half. They had possessions where they had three or four chances to score. We did a good job on their leading scorer, but we hurt ourselves by falling too far behind. We have to try to get off to a fast start in order to be successful."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-19 and 0-11 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 10-12 and 5-6 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday.
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