Senior Stephanie Houtman
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to visiting Rhode Island College, 70-52 in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
After being tied at 32-32 at halftime, the Anchorwomen opened the second half on a 17-5 run and held the Corsairs to just three made field goals in the first ten minutes of play en route to the victory.
Coming out of the locker room, the Anchorwomen scored back to back lay ups by senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI/La Salle Academy) and senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI/Coventry HS) before Corsair senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) drilled a three with the shot clock winding down. Unfazed, Rhode Island College continually got inside the Corsair defense with Gaudet and Riley accounting for four consecutive lay ups and senior guard Stephanie Corvo capping the run with a long range three from the top of the key, giving the Anchorwomen a 49-37 advantage.
The Corsairs would pull within nine points at 54-45 off consecutive hoops by senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS/Salem State) but that would be as close as they would get.
"We were dead even in the box score at the break but it was a tale of two halves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "In the second half, they just outworked us; they were quicker to the basket and they amped up their defense. They did things that championship teams do and we didn't counter."
The Corsairs were held to a 23.3% field goal percentage in the second half on seven of 30 shooting while the Anchorwomen shot a scorching 57.1%, hitting 16 of 28 shots.
UMass Dartmouth had two players reach double digits in the scoring column. Moriarty had a team high 16 points and Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) added 12. The Anchorwomen were led by Corvo who had a game high 19 points. She was joined in double figures by Riley, who finished with 15 points, Gaudet who collected 11 points and junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA/Rockland) who chipped in with 10 points. Coro also finished with a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double.
The Corsairs fell to 14-8 and 5-6 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchorwomen improved to 20-2 and 11-0 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Saturday. Rhode Island College will visit Southern Maine Saturday.