Nov. 15, 2009
WESTFIELD, MA-Host Westfield State built a 42-31 halftime lead and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 72-64, in the 2009-10 season opener for both teams at the Woodward Center Sunday afternoon. The Owls made 54.8 per cent of their field goals in the first half and held UMass Dartmouth to 40.7 per cent.
Junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) led the Corsairs with 22 points, freshman guard Beatrice Atkinson (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) added 16, and junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) contributed 10. Angela Peterson led the Owls with 13 points; Cassy Jouannet added 12 and Molly Brogen had 11. Freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) grabbed seven rebounds for UMD and Ashmeade had six. Brogan had six rebounds for WSC, which out rebounded the Corsairs, 34-26 but made just eight of 16 free throws to 16 of 18 for UMass Dartmouth..
"We were down by 11 at the half, and then we had some defensive lapses that were too much to overcome," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We clawed our way back into the game, but we never got close enough to foul. Westfield State is a quality team; they demonstrated many of the characteristics that we see from our LEC opponents. We were encouraged with our effort, although we were not pleased with the final result. Westfield is a quality opponent, being the MASCAC champion last year and being picked to finish first this year. It was a good, physical game for us, and it was good preparation for the rest of our schedule."
The Corsairs dropped to 0-1 with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 1-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host the Hampton Inn Classic at the Tripp Athletic Center next weekend.