NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Bridgewater State built a 33-27 halftime lead and outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the second half, 36-28, pulling away for a 69-55 victory in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Junior guard Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, MA/Ludlow HS) made seven of 10 three-point attempts and scored 25 points to lead the BSU attack. She hit six three-pointers in the first half and 17 points at the halftime break. Senior guard Elisha Homich (Ludlow, MA/Ludlow HS) scored 13 points for the Bears, who had 15 steals and forced 29 UMass Dartmouth turnovers.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 19 points, while junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS added 11. Bornemann led UMD with nine rebounds while junior forward Megan Boutilette (Charlton, MA/Shepherd Hill Regional HS) had eight for the Bears, who were outrebounded by the Corsairs, 43-31 but made 12 of 16 free throws to UMD's for of six and hit nine three-pointers to three for the Corsairs.
"Bridgewater State outworked us in every facet of the game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "They demonstrated a typical Bridgewater-style high pressure defense that forced us into turnovers and took away our offensive rhythm. Williamson was on fire and we couldn't do anything about it tonight. We out-rebounded them and shot well, but our inability to take care of the ball was the story of the game."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-1 with the defeat, while Bridgewater State improved to 3-1 with the victory.
The Corsairs will return to action Friday evening when they host Keene State in the Little East Conference opener. The Bears will play Bates Friday in the Williams Holiday Classic.