Dec. 1, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored visiting Becker in the second half, 45-23 and went on to defeat the Hawks, 83-50, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
Leading at halftime, 38-28, the Corsairs used a 13-6 run to take a 51-34 lead. Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/ Canton HS) started the run with a three-point play, freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) added a pair of free throws and a layup, freshman guard Nicole Grassi (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North HS) contributed a pair of baskets, and senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) capped the run with a three-pointer. UMass Dartmouth steadily expanded their lead for the remainder of the half, and their 31-point margin at the end of the game was their largest margin.
Moriarty led UMass Dartmouth with 20 points, adding 12 rebounds for a double double. Garrity added 13, freshman guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) contributed 11 points, and Houtman had 10. Daigle also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double double. Sophomore forward Tatiana Mojica (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) and senior guard Kristina Desnoyers (Adams, MA/Hoosac HS) scored 15 points each to lead the Hawks.
Grassi grabbed eight rebounds for UMD, and Desnoyers had seven for Becker as the Corsairs outrebounded the Hawks, 57-37. The Corsairs connected on 44.4 per cent of their shots from the field, whole holding Becker to 27 per cent.
"It was a good team effort, and I was glad that everybody got involved and had a chance to get rewarded for the hard work they put in," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "A lot of people did a lot of nice things coming off the bench for us. It was a little touch and go in the first half, but we rallied and played well in the second half to put together a pretty decisive victory. We're looking forward to going to beginning Little East play, beginning Saturday."
The Corsairs improved to 4-2 with the victory, while the Hawks dropped to 0-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State Saturday in the Little East Conference opener for both teams. Becker will visit Regis next Tuesday.
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