Women's Basketball Cruises Past Eastern Nazarene, 68-39

Women's Basketball Cruises Past Eastern Nazarene, 68-39

QUINCY, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored host Eastern Nazarene in the first half, 33-14, and went on to a 68-39 victory in their non-conference game at the Lahue Physical Education Center Tuesday evening.

The Corsairs held ENC to just four of 27 shots from the field for 14.8 per cent in the first half, while masking 13 of 36 shots for 36.1 per cent. UMD took an early lead after the game was tied at 4-4 and pulled away, never trailing in the game.

Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the way for UMD with 14 points, while senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) added 12 as a dozen Corsairs saw action and no one played more than 28 minutes. Sophomore guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) added 10 points as 10 Corsairs contributed points. Ace Carradine and Christina Saint-Pierre each had seven points to lead the Lions. Bornemann had 13 rebounds for UMD and Moriarty 10, while Shardae Brown has 13 for ENC, which out rebounded the Corsairs, 59-41, but was held to 19.7 per cent from the field for the game to UMD's 38.6 per cent, UMD forced 30 turnovers while committing only 11.

"After practicing hard since last Thursday, we felt prepared to resume game play in 2013, and it was a good tune up after our long layoff," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis."We were pleased to hold Eastern Nazarene below many of their statistical averages which had led to their 5-2 start.  We had a nice team win and we look forward to heading into LEC play this weekend."

UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-1 with the victory, while Eastern Nazarene dropped to 5-3 with the defeat.  The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut Saturday afternoon in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader.