Nov. 19, 2010
MILTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to St. Joseph's (Maine), 81-80, in the first round of the Curry Tip-Off Classic at the Student Center Friday evening.
Both squads entered the game looking to rebound after season-opening losses. The Corsairs lost at Endicott, 64-35 while the Monks fell to the University of New England, 72-53.
The Monks had five players reach double-digits in points, led by sophomore guard Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, VT/Lydon Institute) with 16 points. Freshmen forward Abby Young (North Yarmouth, MA/Greely HS) added fifteen points, while junior forward Allie Parent (Camden, ME/Camden Hills) notched 14 points. Parent and junior center Ashley Geel (St. Gerorge, ME/Georges Valley HS) also tallied a team-high 9 rebounds each. The Monks shot 39.1% from the floor, including 42% from behind the arc.
The Corsairs were led by double-double performances by sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and freshmen forward Erika Bornemann(Canton, MA/Canton HS). Moriarty had 13 points with 10 rebounds while Bornemann recorded 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) led all scorers with a game-high 21 points in the loss. The Corsairs shot 42% from the floor and 29.4% from three-point range.
The Corsairs led after the first half 34-27, but the Monks battled back to tie the game 64-64 at the end of regulation. Both teams scored 10 points in the first overtime period, but the Monks edged out the Corsairs by one point in the final overtime period, securing the 81-80 victory.
"We had our chances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Two teams played very hard in a great early season battle, but one team had to win and it wasn't us," said Van Voorhis. "We did a lot of things right compared to our opener versus Endicott, we've made improvements, we'll keep our heads up and march on to the consolation game tomorrow."
The Corsairs dropped to 0-2 with the defeat, while the Monks improved to 1-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they play Mount Ida in the consolation game of the Curry Tip-Off Tournament Saturday afternoon.
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