February 23, 2009

Women's Basketball Visits Eastern Connecticut State

Feb. 23, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-With the regular season completed, the second season is about to begin for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team as they will open Little East Conference playoff action when they visit top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State at Geissler Gymnasium Tuesday evening.

The Corsairs bring a 3-22 regular season record into the game as the eight-seeded team, while the Warriors are 23-2 and will host the LEC Final Four this weekend should they advance Tuesday night.

ECSU swept the season's series from the Corsairs, winning 70-50 at the Tripp Athletic Center February 14th in a game in which the Corsairs trailed, 43-41, with 12:01 remaining.

The Warriors have outrebounded UMass Dartmouth, 95-42 in the previous two games, and that's something the Corsairs must work to overcome Tuesday evening. "We need to find an answer for their post players, Ashley McFetridge and Amanda Pierlioni," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "They've averaged 19 and 17 points in the first two games we've played them, so defending in the post will be a key to the game, as well as being able to keep them off the boards. Their lineup is loaded with veterans, and they're extremely focused, but in the second game, there were stretches in which we competed against them successfully." A 23-11 run at the start of the second half in that game allowed the Corsairs to close to within two points with 12 minutes remaining.

Van Voorhis knows from her previous experience at Salve Regina that any game in the playoffs can be a tough game. "When I was at Salve, we were challenged by eighth seeds," said Van Voorhis. "There's never an easy out when you have two motivated teams in the playoffs. If we stick to the keys and stick to our goals, we should be competitive for a long period of time."

The winner of Tuesday night's game will advance to the LEC Final Four this weekend at the home site of the highest surviving seeded team.

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