PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored host Johnson & Wales in the second half, 46-28, and went on to defeat the Wildcats, 77-49, in a non-conference game at the Harborside Recreation Center Monday evening.
Freshman guard Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) scored the Corsairs' first basket of the second half to restore UMD's 10-point lead, and then senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) single-handedly outscored JWU, 9-5, to make it 42-30 with 15:49 remaining. Sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) then sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a traditional three-point play by Moriarty, Castantini added a pair of free throws, Garrity hit a jumper and Moriarty hit a couple of baskets to give the Corsairs a commanding 21-point advantage, 59-38, with 7:21 to play.
Moriarty led the Corsairs with 23 points, in her third consecutive game scoring 20 or more points. Garrity added 17 points, while junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) contributed 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double double. Marina Millian led the Wildcats with 19 points.
UMass Dartmouth made 62.5 per cent of their shots from the field in the second half, and shot 47.6 per cent for the game while limiting Johnson & Wales to 28.8 per cent.
"Johnson & Wales dialed up their defensive intensity and came out on fire, and they were disrupting our offensive flow in the first half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "At halftime, we talked a lot about composure and poise. Colleen had a big game, we shot really well, and we got everybody involved. Johnson & Wales fought really hard, they probably gave us as tough a time defensively as anyone we've seen this year. It was a great non-conference game."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 8-1 with the victory, while Johnson & Wales dropped to 3-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will break for the holidays, returning to action when they visit Eastern Nazarene January 2nd. The Wildcats will host Clark Wednesday.