BOSTON, MA-Host UMass Boston outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 7-3 in the final 1:13 and came from behind to defeat the Corsairs, 76-73, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
After freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington HS) hit a jump shot to put the Corsairs ahead, 70-69, with 1:13 remaining, Kirsten Morrison made a pair of free throws to give the Beacons a 71-70 lead with 50 seconds left, then grabbed an offensive rebound after Teresa Pina missed a free throw and scored with 34 seconds to play. A few seconds later, Pina grabbed an offensive rebound after Morrison missed and scored to make it 75-70. Kane connected from three-point range to make it 75-73 with 13 seconds left, but the Corsairs were unable to draw closer before time expired.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 20 points and 12 rebounds for a double double, junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) added 19 points, and Kane contributed 15. Morrison had 20 points and15 rebounds for UMass Boston, Lauren Perra scored 18, Andrea Suffredini added 16 and Olivia Murphy had 10.
The Corsairs trailed early, but used a 24-13 run during the final 10:53 of the first half to overcome a 20-15 deficit and take a 39-33 halftime lead. Bornemann made four consecutive baskets to turn a 25-21 deficit into a 30-26 lead with 5:52 remaining, and she and Moriarty combined for 26 of UMD's 39 first half points.
"We can't let up 76 points and expect to win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Boston was strong on the boards, and that was the difference."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 12-5 and 4-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while UMass Boston improved to 11-7 and 3-5 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Beacons will host Keene State Saturday.