Dec. 8, 2009
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored host Simmons in the second half, 36-23, and defeated the Sharks, 61-51, in a non-conference game at the Holmes Sports Center Tuesday evening.
Trailing at halftime, 28-25, the Corsairs got a three-pointer and a lay-up from junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) to seize the lead at 32-28. A jumper and a subsequent three-point play by Emily Thomas put the Sharks back on top at 34-32, but another jumper by DeAmato tied the game at 38 and was part of a 9-0 run that put the Corsairs ahead, 45-38, with 5:14 remaining. A jumper by freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) broke the tie, and DeAmato added a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to help UMD extend their advantage.
"In the first half, we were inconsistent," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "In the second half, we put together a much more solid performance. We forced them into a lot of turnovers, and Lynley had a big game. The turning point of the game was when Lynley hit that three and the two free throws and pout us ahead, and that allowed us to take the lead and extend it. We were a little sloppy in transition, but we are pleased with our defensive effort."
DeAmato led UMass Dartmouth with 23 points, junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) added 14, and freshman guard Jessica Howlett (North Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) added 10. Julianna Eagles led Simmons with 15 points. Senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) had 10 rebounds as the Sharks out rebounded the Corsairs, 43-30. But UMD had 24 steals and forced 38 turnovers while committing 18.
The Corsairs improved to 3-5 with the victory, while the Sharks dropped to 4-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales Thursday evening.