Junior guard Erica Batchelder
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team closed the first half with a 13-5 run, and went on to defeat host UMass Boston, 56-47, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs used a 10-0 run near the end of the first half to take a 28-27 halftime lead. After Kirsten Morrison tied it for the Beacons with a second half free throw, freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) hit a pair of free throws, senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) connected on a pair of layups and freshman guard Erin Fahey (Salem, MA/St. Mary's HS-Lynn) hit a basket to make it 36-28, and never trailed again.
The victory was the 15th of the season for UMass Dartmouth. It marks the highest win total for the Corsairs since they went 15-9 during the 1991-92 season under former Head Coach Judy Sullivan.
Utilizing a balanced scoring effort, the Corsairs got 12 points each from junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS/Salem State) and 11 from Houtman. Kirsten Morrison of the Beacons scored 20 points, and Lauren Perra added 13. Sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) grabbed 12 rebounds for the Corsairs, but Molly Rattigan had 14 and Morrison 12 as UMB outrebounded UMass Dartmouth, 53-41. But the Corsairs made 37.3 per cent of their shot5s from the field to 25 per cent for the Beacons, hitting five more field goal attempts, including three more three-pointers.
"They showed a zone for 35 out of 40 minutes, and I thought we did a good job against it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We moved the ball well, we were patient, we played good defense and we got contributions from people off the bench. We limited their second chance points, we got some separation early in the second half, and we were able to maintain the lead."
The Corsairs improved to 15-9 and 6-7 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 6-17 and 3-10 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Senior Day Saturday.