NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team defeated visiting UMass Boston, 65-58, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
The win marks the 18th victory of the season for the Corsairs, which is the most in the program's history. The Corsairs also added to their most ever conference wins with eight and have secured a home game in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament.
The Corsairs, who trailed the Beacons 27-26 at the half, turned in a gritty second half performance, to come away victorious.
Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) made a move a in the low post with 2:10 to go in the contest and made the hoop while getting fouled. Moriarty made the ensuing free throw putting the Corsairs up 59-55. The Beacons would be called for an offensive foul on their next possession turning the ball back over to UMass. The Corsairs wasted little time to capitalize as junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) pulled down an offensive board off a three point miss by freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington) and put it back up and in making it 61-55 with just over a minute to go. The Corsairs would allow a basket by Beacons freshman forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and a free throw by sophomore center Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, MA/North Reading HS) but make four out of six free throw in the waning seconds to seal the deal.
"We dug deep tonight and found a way to get over the hump," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "I told them during each break to not give in to the negativity whether it was a missed shot, a missed rebound or a turnover. They are a strong team. They won't let one play affect the next and this victory shows how far we have come as a team. I'm not sure we would have one a game like this earlier in the season".
Moriarty led four Corsairs in double-figures with a game-high 19 points. Sophomore point guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville) poured in 14 points, Bornemann added 12 points and pulled down 12 boards and Kane chipped in with 10 points. The Beacons were led by Murphy, who finished with a double-double scoring 18 points and ripping down 13 rebounds. Morrison was the only other Beacon to finish in double digits with 14 points.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 18-6 and 8-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while UMass Boston fell to 13-11 and 5-8 in LEC action with the defeat.
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. UMass Boston will visit Eastern Connecticut Saturday.
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