NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team bounced back from their first loss of the season as they downed visiting Keene State, 58-48, in the 2012-13 Little East Conference opener for both teams at the Tripp Athletic Center Friday evening.
For the first time this season the Corsairs scored the same amount of points in each half (29) as they opened their conference slate with a double digit win. It was a team effort once again for the Corsairs as five players scored at least eight points with two starters in double figures.
Offensively, UMD was led by sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) who scored a game-high 15 points while grabbing six boards and dishing out four assists. Freshman Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) was the only other Corsair in double figures, scoring 13 points and pulling down eight boards.
After the two squads traded buckets early , the Corsairs went on 19-4 run capped by a Garrity layup with 5:20 remaining to give them their biggest lead of the half (14 points). In the second half, the Owls fought back, cutting the lead to as little as three with 3:48 left when sophomore forward Courtney Roberts (Sutton, MA/Sutton HS) made a layup. The Corsairs would respond by going on a 10-3 run over the final 3:48 to seal their fourth victory of the season.
Offensively, the Owls were led by sophomore guard Christan Wojtas (Amherst, NH/Soughegan HS) scored 15, while senior forward Siobhan Carnell (Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) added 13.
"Keene is a competitive team and they battled back in the second half, having that lead we knew we couldn't be comfortable," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "The difference today was that we were strong with the ball and made sharp cuts. They were really active on defense and our offense showed a lot of poise in handling that pressure. This was a good bounce back game for us. After being outworked our last game we knew the winner of this game would be the team that was the hardest working. I'm very pleased with our effort."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Keene State dropped to 2-3 and 0-1 in LEC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Brandeis Monday evening. The Owls will visit Rensselaer Tuesday.