NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team came from behind and erased a five-point deficit with under seven minutes remaining to top visiting Brandeis, 50-49, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Monday evening.
With the win the Corsairs end their six game home stand to open the season with a record of 5-1.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) bounced back from an off-game to score a game-high 22 points, making 10 of 22 shots from the field. Moriarty's biggest basket of the game came with five ticks remaining when she knocked down a hook shot that rolled around the rim for an eternity before it fell. "Colleen is one of our marquee players and we wanted to get her involved tonight," UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis said. "We felt she had an advantage in the post and we went to her a lot down the stretch."
After racing out to an early 16-8 lead through the first 11 plus minutes of play, the Corsairs went cold from the field as the Judges ended the half on a 12-2 run to take a 20-18 advantage heading into the half.
The two squads traded runs in the second half as the Corsairs rallied to take a six point lead, 39-33 with 12:12 remaining when Moriarty made a layup. The Judges would respond over the next seven minutes as they outscored UMD, 14-3, stretching their lead to as many as five, 47-42 with 6:46 remaining when junior guard Kasey Dean (Southbury, CT/Pomperaug HS) made a jumper.
Over the final six and a half minutes the Corsairs outscored the Judges 8-2 to escape with their second straight victory.
Offensively, Moriarty was the only Corsair in double figures while freshman Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) added six points and seven boards. Freshman Stephanie Antoine (New Bedford, MA/Greater New Bedford Vo Tech HS) had her best game of the season scoring four points and grabbing a game-high 10 boards.
Dean was the only Brandeis player to score in double figures as she had 12 points on six of nine shooting from the field.
"That was a grind it out battle against a good Brandeis team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We had some players step up tonight. Stephanie Antoine had a strong night. She was battling on the boards and we gave her some extra minutes and she responded by playing really well. After joining the team late because of volleyball, she is settling in nicely and starting to get comfortable with the team."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-1 with the victory, while Brandeis dropped to 3-4 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salve Regina Thursday evening. The Judges will host Endicott Thursday.