Women's Basketball Drops Opener at Endicott
Nov. 16, 2010
BEVERLY, MA-Host Endicott outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the second half, 34-14, and defeated the Corsairs, 64-35, in the 2010-11 season opener for both teams at MacDonald Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
Leading at halftime, 30-21, the Gulls used an 11-6 run at the start of the second half to increase their lead to 14 points, then used a 10-0 run to take a 51-27 lead with 9:38 remaining.
Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and junior guard Jessica Underwood (Dorchester, MA/Lynn HS/Roxbury CC) connected for the Corsairs' first two baskets, but the Gulls used an early 11-0 run to take a 17-4 lead midway through the first half. UMass Dartmouth outscored Endicott, 17-13 during the remainder of the first half, and a three-point play by Bornemann and a free throw by sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/ Canton HS) allowed the Corsairs to cut the deficit to nine points at the half.
Bornemann led UMass Dartmouth with seven points, Underwood added six and Moriarty had five. Ashley Vitale of the Gulls led all scorers with 16 points; Ashley Wright added 14 and Ashley Walenta had 10.
"It was just one of those days," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We were beaten in every phase of the game. We really struggled to put points on the board, while Endicott's points came far too easily for them, both in transition and on offensive rebounds."
Vitale had 14 rebounds for Endicott; while Moriarty and freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) led UMD with nine rebounds each. The Gulls out rebounded the Corsairs, 58-47. UMass Dartmouth held Endicott to 28.4 per cent from the field on 21 of 74. But the Corsairs made just 14 of 68 shots for 20.6 per cent, were just one for 21 from three-point range, and made six off 11 free throws to Endicott's 17 of 20.
The Corsairs dropped to 0-0 with the defeat, while the Gulls improved to 1-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they play St. Joseph's (Maine) in the first round of the Curry Tip-Off Tournament Friday evening.