March 1, 2011

Two Earn LEC Women's Basketball Honors

March 1, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team have been honored by the Little East Conference.

Senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) was named second team All-Conference, while freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) was named Rookie of the Year and was one of five players to make the All-Rookie Team.

Ashmeade finished her career as the fifth leading scorer for the Corsairs with 1,090 points. This Corsair senior has been a member of the team for four seasons. She averaged 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, ranking third in scoring among Corsairs and second in rebounding.

"Tashauna was clutch this year knocking down the big shot for our team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "She presented match up issues for our opponents. We relied on her to play a couple of positions for us and she responded to the challenge each time. A great leader and a fiery competitor, we will miss her in the line up next season. She will forever be a big part of our program. I will always think of her as one of those players that simply refused to accept losing. She gave her best effort every time she took the floor".

Bornemann led UMD in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.5 points per game). She was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Year five times this season.

"Erika deserves Rookie of the Year honors," said Van Voorhis. "She worked very hard to adjust her game to succeed at this level and would not allow her confidence to be shaken amidst the pressure. She has been a standout all season. She's a great teammate, very coachable, and has dedicated herself to propelling our program to new heights. Erika is a big part of the foundation we have built and will continue to build upon in the coming years. Erika's best years are ahead of her and we look forward to watching her develop".

The Corsairs finished fifth in the Little East Conference and advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

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