Colleen Moriarty and Erika Bornemann
PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team built a 41-29 halftime lead and went on to defeat host Plymouth State, 76-62, in a Little East Conference game at the Foley Gymnasium Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth led virtually all the way, using an 8-0 run during the latter part of the first half to build a 10-point advantage.
Freshman guard Erin Fahey (Salem, MA/St. Mary's-Lynn HS) ignited the run with a layup, sophomore guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) followed with a three-pointer, sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) followed with another trey.
Michaela Galvin of the Panthers interrupted the run with a pair of free throws, but Bornemann added a free throw and then another three-pointer, and the Corsairs led, 28-16, with 5:02 remaining in the first half.
A three-pointer by junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS/Salem State) and layups by freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) and senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) at the outset of the second half staked UMD to a 19-point lead, and the Panthers never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the Corsairs with 16 points, Bornemann added 15, and Batchelder contributed 13. Sam Monohon led Plymouth State with 15 points, and Galvin added 10. Bornemann and Garrity each had nine rebounds for UMD, and Kristen Hrubowchak and Tiffany Lewis each had nine for PSU as the Panthers outrebounded the Corsairs, 60-46. But UMD forced 15 turnovers while committing only 10, and made 38.6 per cent of their shots from the field to 31.6 per cent for PSU, and made 10 of 24 shots from three-point range to five of 23 for Plymouth State.
"I was pleased overall, it was a nice effort, and we got everybody involved, and I'm ecstatic that we finished the week 3-0," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We shot threes very well; we were really locked in from that range. We looked a little fatigued, since it was our third game this week and we traveled, but we did put up a lot of points on the board. We had a balanced scoring attack, both inside and outside. We haven't been this far above .500 in a while, and we want to take the good energy that we have into February, when we will be required to elevate our game."
The Corsairs improved to 12-7 and 4-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Panthers dropped to 2-15 and 0-9 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Mount Ida next Wednesday evening. Plymouth State will host Lesley next Tuesday.