Feb. 17, 2009
by Joel Baptista
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell to visiting UMass Boston, 40-39, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Beacons' sophomore guard and former Corsair Kristin Penney made two free throws with 23.8 seconds left to give UMass Boston the lead, and the Beacons held their collective breath as Corsair sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) missed a lay up as time expired.
"One of the keys was to get the ball in the post and we accomplished that," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Unfortunately, we failed to finish. We took a number of high percentage shots but they just didn't fall in. In a close game like this, it's all in how the ball bounces and unfortunately it did not bounce our way."
The Corsairs jumped out to an early 10-0 lead on jumpers by Ashmeade and senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS), a free throw and three-pointer by senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) and two free throws by sophomore guard Kelly Whooley (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS). The Beacons withstood the early barrage and took momentum into the locker room when freshman guard Laniece Langford hit a runner in the lane at the buzzer, cutting the deficit to 21-14 at intermission.
Langford and freshman forward Molly Piette combined for UMB's first ten points of the second half, as each had a three pointer and a lay up to give UMass Boston their first lead, 24-23 at 13:30. The teams would play nip and tuck the rest of the way, combining for eight lead changes before Penney's free throws gave the Beacons the lead for good.
The Beacons were led by Langford, who scored a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Corsairs were led by Ashmeade's double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Andruszkiewicz and Malloy chipped in with 8 points apiece. Junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Both teams combined to shoot just under 24% for the game but the Beacons out-rebounded the Corsairs, 55-42.
"In the end, we missed a couple of box outs that afforded UMass Boston extra opportunities," said Van Voorhis. "You can't do that in a close game."
UMass Dartmouth dropprd to 3-20 and 0-12 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while UMass Boston improved to 4-19 and 1-11 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday The Beacons will visit Keene State Saturday.
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