Feb. 21, 2009
PLYMOUTH, NH-The second time wasn't the charm for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team when they met host Plymouth State in their final Little East Conference game of the regular season at the John C. Foley Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Corsairs, who sent the game into overtime on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) as time expired in regulation time, were outscored in overtime, 13-4 as the Panthers pulled out a 68-59 victory.
UMass Dartmouth, which led for the first 35 minutes, had to come back after the Panthers came from behind to build a 53-49 advantage with 2:13 remaining. Senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) drained a three-pointer with 1:02 remaining to make it 53-52. Kayla Morin hit a pair of free throws for PSU with 16 seconds left to make it 55-52, but sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) connected on a trey from the right wing as time expired to tie the game at 55-55 and send it to overtime.
Andruszkiewicz began the extra period with a three-pointer, and Ashmeade made a free throw with 4:30 left to give the Corsairs a four point lead. But a pair or free throws by Alicia Doucet and Kelly Sunderland's jumper erased the lead, Laura Kent hit a pair of free throws that were the first of seven consecutive PSU points from the line, and UMass Dartmouth did not score again.
The Corsairs started off quickly, grabbing an early 10-3 lead and leading early, 17-9. A 7-0 Plymouth run brought the Panthers back, but UMass Dartmouth stayed on top. Freshman guard Rayven Tillman's (Plymouth, MA/Sturgis Charter HS) layup and free throw, and Andruszkiewicz's jumper and three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer fueled an 8-1 run at the end of the first half that gave UMD a 32-23 lead at the intermission.
A 12-6 run in the first 11:13 of the second half allowed the Corsairs to build a 44-31 advantage with 8:47 remaining. But Tillman's layup that gave UMass Dartmouth a 13-point advantage was the last Corsair field goal until Andruszkiewicz connected from three-point range with 1:02 remaining, and Tillman fouled out with 6:37 left, leaving UMD with just five players. Ashmeade fouled out with 1:56 left in overtime and the Panthers ahead, 61-59, and the Corsairs played the remainder of the game with four players.
Andruszkiewicz led UMass Dartmouth with 19 points, Ashmeade added 16, and Tillman and senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) each had 10. Doucet of PSU led all scorers with 20 points, Morin added 17, and Kent had 14. Ashmeade and senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) each grabbed 12 rebounds for the Corsairs, but Kent had 15 and Doucet 13 for Plymouth State, which had 27 offensive rebounds and out rebounded UMD, 62-45. The Corsairs held PSU to just 26.3 per cent from the field, but shot 33.3 per cent themselves, and made just 13 of 27 free throws to PSU's 22 of 29.
"We felt like we were the better team in regulation, but we failed to convert our free throws and we didn't make our layups," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We did a decent job of keeping them off the glass, but they came back and finished with 27 offensive rebounds, which was a key to the game. If we would have had a few more shots bounce our way, we could have come out of here with a win, but it wasn't from a lack of effort."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-22 and 0-14 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Plymouth State improved to 16-9 and 6-8 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State in a first round LEC playoff game Tuesday evening.
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