Dec. 4, 2010
PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to host Plymouth State, 88-84, in the 2010-11 Little East Conference opener for both teams at Foley Gymnasium Saturday.
Five Corsairs amassed double-digit point totals in the loss. Senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) scored a team-high 19 points with six rebounds and four assists. Freshman Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) netted 18 points while freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) added 10 points. Freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench. UMass Dartmouth shot 44.5% from the field and 67.8% from the three-point line.
Plymouth State junior guard Alicia Doucet poured in a game-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting with eight rebounds. Senior forward Amanda Kania notched a double-double performance with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Colleen O'Hara tallied 11 points and freshman guard Kellie Walsh put in 13 points off the bench. The Panthers were 40.7% from the floor and 36.1% from behind the three-point arc.
The Corsairs outrebounded the Panthers, 49-45, during the contest.
UMass Dartmouth came out energized early and maintained a lead the duration of the first half. The biggest lead the Corsairs found themselves with was a 35-26 advantage with four minutes left in the first half. UMD held an eight point lead with two minutes left to play, but a late rally from the Panthers pulled them within two, 40-38, at the half.
Plymouth State continued their momentum into the second half with a 9-0 run, taking a 47-40 lead, which they never relinquished. The Corsairs were able to pull within a point, 60-59, with 9:00 on the clock but PSU rallied back with a 16-7 run, making it 76-66 with under six minutes to play. A late 18-11 run by the Corsairs made it 87-84 with under a minute to play, but the Panthers held strong to preserve the 88-84 win
"We scored points but we just didn't do enough things right," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We gave them nearly 30 points from the free throw line and there were too many little things that turned out to be extremely important. We have to continue to work hard defensively and improve our perimeter defense and our defense on the interior so we can play a cleaner, crisper game."
The Corsairs fell to 1-6 and 0-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 6-1 and 1-0 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Simmons Wednesday evening.
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