NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team defeated visiting Worcester State, 69-64, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) drilled a three pointer from the top of the key with eight seconds left in the game to give the Corsairs a 65-64 lead, then junior guard Erica Batchelder (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) and sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville) hit both of their free throws in the double bonus to account for the final score.
The Corsairs fought back from an eight-point deficit with 3:17 to go in the contest after Lancers sophomore guard Kelli McPherson (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield) and sophomore forward Shannen El-Qasem (Rutland, MA/Wachusett) sandwiched a three pointer and a layup around a basket by Corsairs' senior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton).
"That was unbelievable," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We got contributions from everybody today and found a way to win. I think a big key was applying pressure to their guards. They run a disciplined, deliberate offense and it took them a bit out of their game. This is a big win early in the season and good momentum as we head into a big game next week against Bridgewater".
The Corsairs, who shot 53.6 per cent in the first half, cooled off considerably in the second, making only eight out of 30 attempts, and were zero for eight from beyond the arc until Bornemann's game-winner.
Garrity led the Corsairs with a game-high 18 points. She was joined in double figures by senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton) who had 15 points, and Bornemann who notched another double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. For Worcester State, both El-Qasem and senior center Meghan O'Keefe poured in 14 points while both junior guard Meaghan Burns (W. Brookfield, MA/Quaboag HS) and sophomore forward Meghan Keohan (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield) chipped in with 11 points apiece.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-0 with the victory, while Worcester State fell to 1-2 with the defeat.
The Corsairs will return to action next Tuesday evening when they host Bridgewater State. The Lancers will visit Rhode Island College Sunday.