Corsairs Hold Off Late Rally From Lions
Junior Colleen Moriarty
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting Eastern Nazarene, 57-55, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
The Corsairs opened the game on a 9-2 run over the first eight minutes of play, fueled by four points from junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS). A lay-up from Lions junior forward Shardae Brown (Waterbury, CT/Sacred Heart) with 6:15 to play in the first half pulled the Eastern Nazarene to within one point, 15-14. UMD closed the first half on a 15-4 run, powered by four points from senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State), making the score 30-18 UMass Dartmouth going into halftime.
UMD maintained their offensive surge into the second half of play, and a pair of free throws from junior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) with 14:20 on the clock gave the Corsairs their largest lead of the game, 43-26. The Lion battled back, executing a 15-6 run over the next six minutes, behind eight points from junior forward Alexis Malloy (Washington, DC/Eleanor Roosevelt), cutting the Corsairs' lead to 49-41 with 8:31 left. After a three-pointer from Corsair junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS/Salem State), Malloy rattled off six consecutive points to put the game at 52-47 with 5:25 remaining. The Corsairs left the door open for Eastern Nazarene, and three straight lay ups by the Lions pulled them to within a point, 56-55, with under a minute remaining. On the ensuing possession, UMD freshman guardKelsey Garrity was fouled and made one-of-two free throw shots, giving UMD a 57-55 advantage. Eastern Nazarene had a chance to tie the game on their final possession, but failed to get a shot off before the buzzer, securing the 57-55 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"It felt like the first game of the year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We had too many missed shots, too many turnovers and we weren't conditioned well. It's like starting the season over again when you have 17 days off. We were fortunate to pull out the win. Any other night, we wouldn't have been as lucky. We underestimated the impact of their post play and it hurt us."
UMass Dartmouth was led by Moriarty who had a team-high 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting, with nine rebounds. Garrity added 11 points, six assists, and four rebounds to go along with three steals. Sophomore forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) had a team-high 12 rebounds with seven points in the win. The Lions were led by Malloy and Brown, who each recorded a game-high 20 points. Malloy shot 7-of-17 from the floor and snatched a game-high 15 rebounds, while Brown was 9-of-19 shooting with 12 rebounds.
The Corsairs improved to 8-3 with the victory, while the Lions dropped to 4-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. Eastern Nazarene will visit Gordon Saturday.