Dec. 11, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to visiting Western Connecticut State, 80-34, in a Little East Conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials, who are tied for 25th nationally in the NCAA Division III USA Today/Coaches' Poll, held the Corsairs scoreless for the first 7:40 of the game and raced out to a 17-0 lead.
WCSU senior guard Karli Spera (Waterford, CT/Waterford) ignited the run, sandwiching a pair of threes from the wing around a lay-up. Sophomore guard Carly Murphy (Wolcott, CT/Wolcott HS) also provided a spark with a baseline jumper and a three pointer. Corsairs' senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable) stopped the charge with a jumper just outside the lane.
The Colonial defense forced fourteen first half turnovers and held the Corsairs to just 28% from the field on 7 of 25 shooting, including 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.
The Colonials didn't let up in the second half. After UMD junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) made a lay up to cut the deficit to 53-32 with 11:02 remaining in the contest, WCSU's stingy defense would hold the Corsairs to just one more field goal the rest of the way, en route to the victory.
"It was a crushing defeat," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "But we have to take some positives from this game. I thought we rebounded the ball well and our freshman Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton) will not play against a better player in the post than Melisssa Teel (Hamden, CT/Hamden) in our conference. We are young and played against a senior-laden lineup. We need to learn from this experience and be better."
The Colonials were led by Teel's game high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Joining her in double figures were Spera and Murphy, who contributed 16 points and 12 points respectively. Houtman was the only Corsair to reach double figures with 10 points.
The Corsairs dropped to 2-7 and 0-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Colonials improved to 7-1 and 2-0 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Johnson & Wales Tuesday evening. Western Connecticut will play York in Orlando, FL December 28th.
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