NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting Western Connecticut State,72-58, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
The Colonials would score the first two points of the contest but that would be their only lead of the game. After Colonials senior guard Carly Murphy (Wolcott, CT/Wolcott) nailed a three pointer to bring the Colonials to within 25-22 at just over six minutes to play in the opening half, the Corsairs' defense went into shut down mode. UMass held the Colonials scoreless the rest of the way and blew the game wide open with a 14-0 run, cruising into the locker room with a 39-22 halftime lead.
Corsairs junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) ignited the run with back to back lay ups, drilled a three pointer in the midst of it and capped it with a jumper to contribute nine of the fourteen points. Sophomore guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) buried a three and sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) made a nifty move for a lay up to account for the other five points.
The Corsairs forced the Colonials into 15 first half turnovers while only giving the ball away three times themselves.
UMass would have their largest lead of the game at 57-32 after Garrity nailed a three with just over eleven minutes to play. The Colonials would not go away and over the next 7:49 would whittle the Corsairs lead down to 11 points at 63-52.
The Corsairs regained their composure as Daigle buried another three from the wing and Bornemann followed with a layup, essentially icing the game.
"We shot the ball well today and the big three (Garrity, Bornemann and Moriarty) today had great games," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis."We forced them into a lot of turnovers. We are thrilled to be 3-0 in conference play. This was a big win against a perennial power and I think this victory really validates our overall record".
The Corsairs had three players in double figures. Bornemann had a game-high 21 points, Garrity poured in 19 points and senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) finished with 18 points. Western Connecticut was lead senior guard Jackie Zilnicki (Riverhead, NY/Riverhead) who had 20 points and Murphy who added 17 points.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 10-1 and 3-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Western Connecticut dropped to 7-5 and 1-2 in LEC play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut Tuesday evening. The Colonials will host Keene State Tuesday.