Dec. 3, 2011
KEENE, NH-Host Keene State raced to a 31-22 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 71-62, in the Little East Conference opener for both teams at Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday.
Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/ Canton HS) gave UMass Dartmouth an early 2-0 lead with a layup early in the first half, but Sara Laudano followed with a three-pointer for the Owls, who led for the remainder of the game.
Keene State built a nine-point lead late in the first half, but the Corsairs came back, getting a jumper from freshman guard Nicole Grassi (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North HS) and a pair of free throws from Moriarty to cut the lead to 23-18 with 5:02 left in the first half. The Owls outscored UMD, 8-4 during the final five minutes to build their halftime lead. The Owls maintained their advantage through the first 10 minutes of the second half, then stretched it out, leading by as many as 16 points with 1:34 remaining.
Senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) led UMass Dartmouth with 17 points; Moriarty added 14 and freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) contributed 13. Laudano had 17 points to lead the Owls, Courtney Cirillo had 14, and Carly Kiernan and Jamie Boyatsis each had 10. Cirillo had 11 rebounds for Keene State, while Garrity had 10 for the Corsairs as the Owls outrebounded UMD, 44-43, and made 39 per cent of their shots from the field to 33 per cent for UMass Dartmouth.
"We played them even in the second half, primarily because we shot a better percentage in the second half (43.6 per cent) than we did in the first half (22.6 per cent), said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. We just didn't make enough shots. We got plenty of touches in the post, but we just didn't convert enough of our opportunities. We fought hard the whole game, and we should have been in a better position at the end of the game, but our shots just didn't go in today."
The Corsairs dropped to 4-3 and 0-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 5-1 and 1-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Simmons next Wednesday evening.
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