Freshman guard Kelsey Garrity
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team used 22-6 run early in the second half to take a commanding lead and held off visiting Salem State, 85-72, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
With the teams tied t 36-36, sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) drained a three-pointer from the top of the key that gave UMass Dartmouth the lead for good. Junior guard Sandra Lanier (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) hit a jump shot to cut UMD's lead to one, but freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) replied with another three-pointer, junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) hit a free throw and then added a layup, Bornemann hit a trey, then Garrity, Bornemann and junior Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) hit consecutive layups before Garrity capped the run with a three-point play.
The Vikings staged a late rally, getting layups from freshman guard Rachael Carter (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) and senior guard Tara Driscoll (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott HS) to cut the UMD advantage to six points, 73-67 with 3:24 left. But Garrity followed with a layup, and the Corsairs made eight free throws during the final 2:16 to preserve their lead.
Garrity led six UMD players in double figures with a game-high 23 points. Moriarty added 17; Bornemann had 15, and junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS/Salem State), senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) and Singletary each scored 10. Carter led SSU with 18 points, and junior guard Breanna Comeau (Amesbury, MA/Amesbury HS) added 11. Garrity had 10 rebounds for a double double as UMass Dartmouth outrebounded Salem State, 53-46. Comeau had seven rebounds for the Vikings, who were held to 34.8 per cent from the field in the second half while the Corsairs made 58.1 per cent from the field after intermission.
"I'm very pleased that we came out with fire in the second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We shot well from the beginning of the second half, and that helped us pull away. We were able to get some easy buckets, and we weathered their push at the end. For the most part, we did a nice job keeping our composure and pulling out a nice win. It was nice to have six players in double figures, and some people did a nice job off the bench in critical situations."
The Corsairs improved to 11-7 with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 9-10 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday. Salem State will host Westfield State Saturday.