Feb. 14, 2009
by Joel Baptista
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Eastern Connecticut State defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 70-50, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors, who entered the game ranked 15th nationally and led at halftime, 32-18, scored 13 unanswered points to thwart a Corsair comeback and take a 56-41 lead with 7:48 remaining. The Corsairs had opened the second half on a 25-7 run, as a three-pointer from senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) and a layup by junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) cut the lead to 43-41 with 12:01 to play.
ECSU regained control behind consecutive layups by sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty, sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni and senior center Ashley McFetridge, a jumper by senior guard Christina Amato, a three-pointer by sophomore guard Brittany Whiteley and a jumper by McFetridge.
The Corsairs led early, 12-9 with 12:19 to go in the first half, before the Warriors rallied behind nine points from Pierlioni that propelled them into the halftime break on a 23-6 run. UMD would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way against the 15th ranked Warriors, who put the game away with another run of 10 unanswered points late in the contest.
"The McFetridge effect was tough to overcome," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "She is an outstanding player, and Pierlioni is a gem off the bench. We made a lot of adjustments from the first time we played them, and to battle the way we did was impressive, against a team who is number one in the conference and ranked 15th in the nation. At the end, we failed to box out and they scored 27 points in the last eight minutes. After the way we played today, we are excited to get another chance to play UMass Boston, and we also competed well with Plymouth State the last time we played them."
McFetridge and Pierlioni combined for 41 of the Warriors 70 points, as McFetridge had 21 points and Pierlioni finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Corsairs were led by sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) who poured in a team-high 21 points. Andruszkiewicz joined her in double figures with 11 points, and Nelson led the way off the glass with 10 rebounds.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-20 and 0-12 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Eastern Connecticut improved to 21-2 and 11-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. The Warriors will host Keene State Tuesday.
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