SALEM, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team scored 13 of the game's first 15 points, opened up a 35-22 halftime lead and went on to defeat host Salem State, 76-56, in a non-conference game at Twohig Gymnasium Thursday evening.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) hit a jumper and junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) connected on a three-pointer to break an early 2-2 tie, then Moriarty added a free throw and a jumper and sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) hit a three-pointer that capped the run and made it 13-2 with just over four minutes of the first half having been played.
The Corsairs made 15 of 27 shots from the field in the first half for 55.6 per cent while limiting Salem State to eight of 31 for 25.8 per cent.
A pair of layups by Bridget Dullea cut UMD's advantage early in the second half to seven points, but a 12-2 run allowed the Corsairs to build their lead back to 54-37 with 12:49 remaining, and the Vikings never threatened again.
Moriarty led UMass Dartmouth with 16 points, freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington HS) added 14, and Garrity contributed 12. Dullea and Sandra Lander each scored 15 for Salem State, while Ashley White had 10. Bornemann had nine rebounds as UMD outrebounded SSU, 51-38.
"We faced a zone all night, and we shot a lot better than we did on Tuesday," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "It was a good challenge for us, because we shot poorly against Eastern Connecticut Tuesday night. We made some adjustments and shot the ball better. We spread the minutes around, and it was a good bounce-back game and a good team win. It was good to go on the road and win, and we're happy with the result."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 11-2 with the victory, while Salem State dropped to 8-7 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Vikings will visit Framingham State Saturday.