Dec. 1, 2009
BRIDGEWATER, MA-A late comeback by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell just short, as the Corsairs were edged by host Bridgewater State, 60-57, in a non-conference game at the Adrian Tinsley Center Tuesday evening.
The Bears jumped out on top, cruising to a 25-11 advantage with 5:23 left in the first half before UMass Dartmouth rallied. A free throw by sophomore guard Tessa McMullen (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) and lay-ups by freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) accounted for the final five points of the first half and cut the Bears' advantage to nine points at the intermission, 25-16.
Two lay-ups and a free throw by Michaela Cosby, a three-pointer by Brittney Chappron and Corey Cuddihy's jumper fueled a 15-9 BSC run at the start of the second half that gave the Bears a 40-25 advantage with 13:29 to play. The Corsairs fought back, getting two treys from freshman guard Nicole Marotta (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS), two lay-ups and a free throw from freshman guard Jessica Howlett (North Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) and a three-pointer from DeAmato in a 20-8 run that made it 48-45 with 7:46 remaining.
The game remained close, with Monica Bharoocha's lay-up giving Bridgewater a 59-55 lead with 1:07 left, and DeAmato hitting two free throws to make it 59-57 with 49 seconds left. Cuddihy's free throw with 16 seconds remaining stretched the lead to 60-57. The Corsairs brought the ball into front court and called time out, but DeAmato's three-point try missed as time expired.
"I'm proud of the way we came back in the second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We dug ourselves too much of a hole in the first half, and the fact that we scored only 15 points was a direct result of our turnovers. We didn't get off that many shots, because we were turning the all over. In the second half, we took care of the ball better, we executed better, and we made better decisions with the ball."
Marotta led UMass Dartmouth with 15 points, while DeAmato contributed 12. "Nicole made some big shots that got us close," said Van Voorhis. "She was playing in front of her hometown crowd, and she showed everyone what she's capable of doing."
Each team committed 29 turnovers, 19 in the first half. The Corsairs made 55.2 per cent of their shots from the field in the second half after shooting just 22.2 per cent prior to intermission.
The Corsairs dropped to 2-3 with the defeat, while the Bears improved to 2-2 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salve Regina Thursday evening.