Feb. 22, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team will begin Little East Conference playoff action when they visit Southern Maine in a first round game Tuesday evening. Game time at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, ME is 7:00 p.m.
The Corsairs, who advanced as the sixth-seeded team, lost at Keene State Saturday, 61-43, after defeating Rhode Island College last Tuesday, 60-57, and will bring a 10-15 record into Tuesday's game. The third-seeded Huskies are 18-7 and defeated Eastern Connecticut Saturday, 58-57.
The LEC Tournament was reduced from eight to six teams this season, and UMD had their sights set on advancing. "It means a little bit more to all the teams involved since only six get into the bracket," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Even though we fell short at times, we were able to win the games that we needed to win to earn the sixth spot. It came down to the RIC game, and we were able to put together that win that put us over the edge."
Southern Maine swept the season's series, winning a pair of close games. The Huskies won at the Tripp Athletic Center January 9th, 61-60, and prevailed at home on February 6th, 63-56.
"We competed hard with Southern Maine in our first two meetings," said Van Voorhis. "We lost by one to them at our place, and we lost by seven at their place in a game that was close with three minutes remaining. I feel that we match up well with Southern Maine, and we're excited to have drawn them as a first round opponent."
The Huskies have won 12 of the last 13 LEC Tournaments and 20 of the 27 LEC post-season championships, and they are a talented team once again. "Southern Maine is loaded with offensive weapons," said Van Voorhis. "Any run that we make during the post-season will be determined by the level of defense that we play."
The winner of Tuesday's game will play second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State in a semi-final game Friday evening at Western Connecticut State.