Nov. 20, 2010
MILTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated Mount Ida, 74-62, in the third place game at the Curry Tip-Off Classic at the Student Center Saturday.
Both teams entered the game looking to rebound after first round losses. The Corsairs lost a double-overtime thriller to St. Joe's (ME), 81-80 while the Mustangs fell to host Curry College, 73-54.
Freshmen forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the Corsairs offensively with a double-double performance. Bornemann scored a game-high 21 points with a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) added 19 points and junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) contributed 14 points in the win. The Corsairs shot 36.1% from the field and 42.9% from behind the three-point line. Houtmann also earned All-Tournament Team honors.
Mustang junior guard Shannon Wood (Gorham, ME/Catherine McAuley HS/Bryant) had a team-high 17 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Jeileen Rivera (Springfield, MA/Springfield HS) scored 11 points and junior center Katie Morvan (Northbridge, MA/Northbridge HS) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds with seven points. Mount Ida managed to only shoot 28.1% from the floor, including 26.7% from three-point range.
The Corsairs outrebounded the Mustangs 57-45 during the contest.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, and maintained their advantage throughout the entire first half of play. The Mustangs tied the score three times during the first half, but failed to take a lead on the Corsairs. After Mount Ida tied the score at 28-28, the Corsairs went on a 15-1 run to end the half, making the score 43-29 going into the break.
The Corsairs continued to amass their lead during the opening minutes of the first half and with 14:24 left to play, they found themselves up 55-29. UMass Dartmouth preserved a double-digit lead over the Mustangs the entire second half. The closest the Mustangs came was within 10 points in the final minute of play, but late free throws from Houtman preserved the 74-62 win.
"I would say the back-to-back games took a toll on us, we were challenged by Mount Ida," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We were able to get our post players involved and that was really the difference early and obviously that was a big part of why we won," said Van Voorhis. "We're happy to be playing home on Tuesday and we look forward to hosting Worcester State."
The Corsairs improved to 1-2 with the victory, while the Mustangs dropped to 0-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they open their home schedule against Worcester State Tuesday evening.
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