Junior forward Colleen Moriarty
GORHAM, ME-Host Southern Maine exploded for 27 unanswered points in the first half and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 89-60, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium Saturday.
UMD led early, 9-4, but USM used their 27-0 run midway through the first half to take a commanding 43-20 lead at halftime, and maintained a sizable lead throughout the rest of the game.
Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the Corsairs with 13 points and nine rebounds. She was the only UMass Dartmouth player in double figures. Haley Jordan of the Huskies led all scorers with 22 points, Courtney Cochran added 16, Jordan Grant scored 12, and Nicole Garland and Abby Hanson each had 10.
Cochran had 12 rebounds as USM outrebounded the Corsairs, 51-32. UMass Dartmouth made just seven of 16 shots from the free throw line and shot 37.5 per cent from the field to 50 per cent for Southern Maine.
"We let Southern Maine get the best of us on both ends of the court, and we failed to execute defensively against a highly potent offensive team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "I'm disappointed that we failed to compete, and we really took on the appearance of a team that was not prepared to play. We put together a better offensive half in the second half, but we failed to play defense and we really let an opportunity get away from us."
The Corsairs dropped to 9-5 and 2-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Huskies improved to 11-4 and 3-2 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader next Tuesday evening.