Women's Basketball Downs Mount Ida, 70-55

Sophomore Erika Bornemann

Sophomore Erika Bornemann

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting Mount Ida, 70-55, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.

Tied 8-8 with 14:08 on the clock in the first half, a jumper by sophomore Abbey Fedigan (New Fairfield, CT/New Fairfield HS) gave the Mustangs their lone lead of the game. Fedigan connected on a three-pointer to push Mount Ida's lead to 14-11, but UMD freshman guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) nailed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, tying the game at 14-14 with 11:29 left in the first half. With a 16-16 tie, the Corsairs closed the first half on a 21-6 run, fueled by 12 points from sophomore center Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS), taking a 37-22 lead into the break.

A three-pointer by Jeileen Rivera (Springfield, MA/Springfield HS) on the Mustangs opening possession of the second half pulled Mount Ida within 10 points, the closest they would come to the Corsairs after halftime. UMD rattled off another 18-7 run, gaining their largest lead of the game, a 55-34 advantage with 11:38 to play. The teams matched shots over the next four minutes, allowing the Corsairs to maintain their lead. Trailing 61-40, Mount Ida rallied with a 15-4 run, behind nine points from junior guard Evebonee Acosta (Hartford, CT/Bulkeley HS/Goldey-Beacom College), to pull within 10 points, 65-55, with 2:06 remaining. The Corsairs closed the game with a 5-0 run from the foul line, securing the 70-55 victory.

Eleven players registered points for UMD during the contest. Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the Corsairs with a game-high 17 points, connecting on 8-of-14 attempts, with six rebounds. Bornemann added 15 points, including 2-of-4 from three-point, with a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) chipped in nine points, with four rebounds, five assists and six steals. Mount Ida was led offensively by Acosta with a game-high 17 points, with four rebounds and four assists, while Fedigan notched 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the loss.

UMD forced 23 turnovers while committing only 13, and made 45.9 per cent (28-of-61) of their shots from the field to 44.2 per cent (23-of-52) for Mount Ida. The Corsairs out rebounded the Mustangs, 36-30.

"We played an unselfish game tonight and moved the ball around well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We had a clear advantage in the post and they set the tone early. Before the game we talked about moving our feet on defense and defending the three and I thought we did a nice job with that. We are on a little run now and are looking forward to a big conference matchup this Saturday against Western Connecticut. We are playing better basketball and this is the time to be doing so as we strive for the fourth seed."

The Corsairs improved to 13-7 with the victory, while the Mustangs dropped to 10-10 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. Mount Ida will host Emerson Saturday.